Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote and Lois Smith Set for World Premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends

By Carey Purcell
May 2, 2013

Tony Award winner Betty Buckley and Tony Award nominees Hallie Foote and Lois Smith will appear in the world premiere of Horton Foote's The Old Friends as part of Signature Theatre's 2013-14 season. Performances will begin Aug. 20 with a Sept. 12 opening.

The Old Friends will replace the previously announced production of Edward Albee's Laying an Egg, which Signature Theatre will premiere in a future season.

Horton Foote's work has been produced at Signature Theatre in previous seasons. He was the fourth Playwright-in-Residence during its 1994-95 season. Signature Theatre also produced the world premiere of The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-01 season and The Trip to Bountiful, featuring Lois Smith, in the 2005-06 season. During the 2009-10 season, Signature Theatre co-produced the world premiere of the three-part The Orphans’ Home Cycle, featuring Hallie Foote, with Hartford Stage.

"In The Old Friends, matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil," press notes state. "When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations."

The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.

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