Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams Will Bring Bountiful to Boston

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21 May 2014

Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
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Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson will reprise her acclaimed performance in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful as part of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage's 2014-15 season.

Directed by Michael Wilson, performances begin Nov. 20 and continue through Dec. 7 at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, MA.

Presented in association with Center Theatre Group, the production of Foote's story of an elderly woman's journey to her childhood home will also feature Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams.

Williams (After Midnight, Into the Woods) and Tyson (The Corn is Green, "Sounder") appeared together in the Tony-nominated 2012 Broadway revival of Bountiful as Jessie Mae Watts and Carrie Watts, respectively, and the two reprised their performances in the recent Lifetime Television film adaptation.

"Living in a cramped apartment with her son and daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams), Carrie dreams of making one final journey to her hometown of Bountiful," press notes state. "What follows is Foote's masterpiece of memory, mortality, and the undeniable, universal yearning for home."



The Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Actress in a Play (Cicely Tyson), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Condola Rashad), Best Sound Design for a Play (John Gromada) and Best Revival of a Play. Tyson won the Tony Award for her performance as Mother Carrie Watts, as well as the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award.

ArtsEmerson’s 2014-15 season highlights will also include Traces, King Lear, The Magic Flute and Tristan & Yseult.

A complete season schedule and more information is available by calling (617) 824-8400 or by visiting artsemerson.org.