PHOTO CALL: Daisy Foote World Premiere, Him, Opens Off-Broadway
10 Oct 2012
Primary Stages' world-premiere production of Him, a new play by Daisy Foote, starring Tony Award nominee Hallie Foote, Tim Hopper, Adam LeFevre and Adina Verson, officially opensed Off-Broadway Oct. 9.
Evan Yionoulis (The Violet Hour) stages the world premiere of the drama that will run through Oct. 28 at 59E59 Theaters. Primary Stages recently presented Harrison, TX, penned by Daisy and Hallie Foote's late father, Horton Foote.
Jeremy Bobb, Andrea Lynn Green, Hallie Foote, Devon Abner and Mary Bacon
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN
The four-person cast features Foote (Dividing the Estate; Harrison, TX), Hopper (CQ/CX), LeFevre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) and Verson (The Winter's Tale).
According to Primary Stages, "In the tradition of great American plays, Daisy Foote explores the institution of the American family in Him. Two siblings struggling to keep the family store afloat must decide which is a priority: their father's final wishes or their financial stability. It's a choice that could tear them apart."
Daisy Foote's plays include Living with Mary, God's Pictures, Farley and Betsy, Darcy and Clara, The Hand of God, When They Speak of Rita and The Cottage, which have been produced or workshopped at the Indiana Repertory Theater, Women's Project, Primary Stages, American Conservatory Theater, Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lake George Theatre Lab and elsewhere. Her most recent play, Bhutan, was first read as part of the Brand New Festival at Hartford Stage and then went on to be featured on the main stage at New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Festival before its New York premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. Her screenplays include adaptations of Elizabeth Jolley's "The Last Crop," T.C. Boyle's "Water Music," and, for Steppenwolf Films, John Steinbeck's "The Winter of Our Discontent." Her screenplay adaptation of Stephen Dobyns' "The Church of Dead Girls" is slated to be filmed in 2013.
The production has scenic design by Marion Willians, costume design by Teresa Snider-Stein, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and music and sound by Broken Chord.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.