Foote's Dividing the Estate Closes On Broadway; Production is Hartford Bound

News   Foote's Dividing the Estate Closes On Broadway; Production is Hartford Bound Elizabeth Ashley, Hallie Foote, Penny Fuller and Gerald McRaney end their family squabbling Jan. 4 when Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate plays its final performance at the Booth Theatre.
Elizabeth Ashley, Gerald McRaney and Penny Fuller in Dividing the Estate
Elizabeth Ashley, Gerald McRaney and Penny Fuller in Dividing the Estate Photo by Joan Marcus

Although the Lincoln Center Theater and Primary Stages co-production is ending its limited Broadway run, a family reunion will take place in May when most of the original cast reunites at Hartford Stage.

Under the direction of Michael Wilson, Dividing the Estate will begin performances May 28 and run through July 5 in Hartford. The entire cast and creative team, except for Elizabeth Ashley (who joins the cast of Broadway's August: Osage County in February), will reunite for the Hartford engagement. Hartford casting for Ashley's replacement will be announced shortly.

The Hartford transfer of Dividing the Estate replaces the previously announced musical Gee's Bend, which has been postponed to the 2009-2010 season at Hartford Stage.

Following an Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in 2007, Dividing the Estate arrived on Broadway Oct. 23, 2008, and officially opened Nov. 23 for a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre.

The Texas-set dramatic comedy, stars Elizabeth Ashley as the family matriarch, with Arthur French, Hallie Foote, Penny Fuller, Gerald McRaney, Devon Abner, Pat Bowie, James DeMarse, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance, Jenny Dare Paulin and Keiana Richard. Described as "a human comedy about a family that must confront its past as it prepares for its future," the Off-Broadway engagement of Dividing the Estate garnered a 2008 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and an Obie for Playwriting for Foote.

Dividing the Estate features 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 reunited with Lincoln Center and director Michael Wilson, following the staging of The Carpetbagger's Children at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in 2002. His other works include The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others.

For tickets to the Hartford engagement visit www.hartfordstage.org.

The cast of <I>Dividing the Estate</I>
The cast of Dividing the Estate
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