Foote's Dividing the Estate, with Most of Recent Broadway Cast, Begins Hartford Run

News   Foote's Dividing the Estate, with Most of Recent Broadway Cast, Begins Hartford Run The recent Broadway production of Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, which was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, begins performances at Hartford Stage May 28.
Dividing the Estate star Hallie Foote
Dividing the Estate star Hallie Foote Photo by Joan Marcus

Hartford Stage artistic director Michael Wilson, who also staged the Broadway and Off-Broadway engagements of Dividing the Estate, reunites with much of the original cast for the production of the late Foote's play. Performances will continue through July 5.

Newly added for the Hartford staging is two-time Tony Award nominee and Foote veteran Lois Smith, who succeeds Elizabeth Ashley (now in Broadway's August: Osage County) in the role of matriarch Stella Gordon. The cast also stars Tony nominee Hallie Foote, Arthur French, Penny Fuller, Gerald McRaney, Devon Abner, Pat Bowie, James DeMarse, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance, Jenny Dare Paulin and Keiana Richard.

Press notes for the Hartford run state, "Matriarch Stella Gordon is determined not to divide her 100 year old Texas estate, despite her family's declining wealth and the looming financial crisis. But her three children have another plan. Old resentments and sibling rivalries surface, as the members of this hilariously dysfunctional family go head to head to see who might claim the biggest piece of the pie in Dividing the Estate."

As on Broadway, the Hartford production features sets by Jeff Cowie, costumes by David C. Woolard, lighting by Rui Rita and original music and sound by John Gromada.

Dividing the Estate played an Off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in 2007 prior to arriving on Broadway Oct. 23, 2008, for a limited engagement at the Booth Theatre through Jan. 4, 2009. Lincoln Center and Primary Stages co-produced the Broadway run. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Foote died in Hartford, CT, on March 4 while putting the finishing touches on his ambitious Texas-set work, The Orphans' Home Cycle. The nine-play cycle will premiere at Hartford Stage later this summer prior to arriving Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company, Oct. 29, 2009-April 11, 2010.

A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Young Man from Atlanta, Foote's plays also include Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony nomination for Best Play), The Carpetbagger's Children, The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others. He is an Academy Award winner for the screenplays "Tender Mercies" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."

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

Penny Fuller and Maggie Lacey in <i>Dividing the Estate</i>
Penny Fuller and Maggie Lacey in Dividing the Estate Photo by Joan Marcus
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