Dividing the Estate, with Ashley, Fuller and McRaney, Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 27

News   Dividing the Estate, with Ashley, Fuller and McRaney, Opens Off-Broadway Sept. 27
 
Elizabeth Ashley, Penny Fuller and Gerald McRaney star in Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate. The Primary Stages New York premiere officially opens Sept. 27.
Gerald McRaney in the Off-Broadway run of Dividing the Estate.
Gerald McRaney in the Off-Broadway run of Dividing the Estate. Photo by James Leynse

Michael Wilson directs the production, which plays 59E59 Theaters. Previews began Sept. 18 for a run through Oct. 28.

Dividing The Estate is described as a "human comedy about a family that must confront its past as it prepares for its future." The work debuted at Princeton, New Jersey's McCarter Theatre in 1989.

Elizabeth Ashley (Enchanted April), Arthur French (Two Trains Running), Hallie Foote (The Day Emily Married), Penny Fuller (Southern Comforts) and Gerald McRaney ("Deadwood," "Jericho") star in the drama. The ensemble also features Devon Abner, James DeMarse, Lynda Gravatt, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance, Jenny Dare Paulin and Keiana Richard.

Foote earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Young Man from Atlanta. His other works includes The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thortons and Talking Pictures, among others. Actress Hallie Foote, who appears in Estate, is the playwright's daughter.

Director Wilson previously staged Foote's The Day Emily Married for Primary Stages in 2004. On Broadway, he recently staged the revival of Old Acquaintance. Other credits include Broadway's Enchanted April and Off Broadway's What Didn't Happen and Foote's The Carpetbagger's Children. He serves as artistic director for Hartford Stage in Connecticut. To hear from Foote, Wilson and cast members, visit the Playbill Video feature on Dividing the Estate.

The creative team for Dividing the Estate includes Jeff Cowie (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Rui Rita (lights) and John Gromada (sound).

Primary Stages opened its year with Michael Hollinger's Opus. The season continues with Brooke Berman's Hunting and Gathering (Jan. 22-March 1, 2008) and Willy Holtzman's Something You Did (March 18-April 26, 2008).

Tickets to Dividing the Estate at 59E59 Theatres, 59 East 59th Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit primarystages.com.

Penny Fuller, Hallie Foote and Elizabeth Ashley
Penny Fuller, Hallie Foote and Elizabeth Ashley Photo by James Leynse
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