Primary Stages' Dividing the Estate, with McRaney, Ashley and Fuller, Begins Previews Sept. 18

News   Primary Stages' Dividing the Estate, with McRaney, Ashley and Fuller, Begins Previews Sept. 18 Primary Stages continues its season with the New York premiere of Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, which begins previews Sept. 18.
From Top: Director Michael Wilson and Horton Foote; Penny Fuller and Elizabeth Ashley; Horton and Hallie Foote.
From Top: Director Michael Wilson and Horton Foote; Penny Fuller and Elizabeth Ashley; Horton and Hallie Foote. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Michael Wilson directs the work, which will officially open Sept. 27 at 59E59 Theaters for a run through Oct. 28.

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.

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.

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.

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 season with Michael Hollinger's Opus. The line-up 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.

The company of Horton Foote's <i>Divinding the Estate</i>.
The company of Horton Foote's Divinding the Estate. Photo by Aubrey Reuben