The trio that starred in the 2008 Broadway world premiere of the late playwright's play reunited last fall for this 2011-12 co-production that began at Houston's Alley Theatre (where the run ended Oct. 30, 2011).
New in San Diego are Horton Foote Jr., who returns to the stage after an almost 20-year absence, in the role of Lewis Gordon.
Longtime Foote collaborator Michael Wilson, who staged Dividing the Estate Off-Broadway in 2007 and the subsequent Tony-nominated 2008 Broadway run, again directs.
The play focuses on the Gordons of Harrison, TX, who have enjoyed years of leisure, wealth and privilege. But the family fortune suddenly seems uncertain in light of unexpected taxes and plunging property values. Siblings begin to squabble over inheritance from their still-living matriarch.
Tony winner Ashley (Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, August: Osage County) reprises her performance as family matriarch Stella Gordon, with Tony nominee Hallie Foote (Orphans' Home Cycle) as Mary Jo, Tony nominee Fuller (Cabaret, The Dinner Party) as Lucille, and Pat Bowie as Mildred, James DeMarse as Bob, Kelly McAndrew (replacing Maggie Lacey) as Pauline, Nicole Lowrance as Sissie, Jenny Dare Paulin as Emily, Keiana Richard as Cathleen, Devon Abner as Son, Roger Robinson as Doug and Bree Welch as Irene Ratliff and Horton Foote Jr. as Lewis. The production also reflects the work of the original Broadway creative team, with sets by Jeff Cowie, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting by Rui Rita and original music and sound by John Gromada.
A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Young Man from Atlanta, Foote's plays include The Carpetbagger's Children, The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others. The 92-year-old Foote had been in Hartford, CT, where he was putting the finishing touches on his final work The Orphans' Home Cycle, when he died in March 2009. The Orphans' Home Cycle premiered at Hartford Stage prior to its Off-Broadway arrival in the fall of 2009.
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