Veanne Cox, Betty Buckley and Hallie Foote Are Old Friends Again, Beginning Tonight at The Alley

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15 Aug 2014

Betty Buckley
Betty Buckley
Photo by Joan Marcus

The Alley Theatre at the University of Houston season kicks off Aug. 15 with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in Texas playwright Horton Foote’s The Old Friends, marking the play's Southwestern premiere.

Tony winner Buckley reprises the role she played Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre – Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff – and reunites with that production's director, Michael Wilson, who also directs the Alley staging.

Hallie Foote plays Sibyl Borden, Annalee Jefferies is Mamie Borden and Veanne Cox makes her Alley debut as Julia Price. Rounding out the cast are Alley Theatre Resident Actors Jeffrey Bean as Albert Price and Jay Sullivan as Tom Underwood, Michelle Elaine as Catherine, Novella Nelson as Hattie and Cotter Smith as Howard Ratliff. 

The production also has scenic design by Jeff Cowie and costume design by David C. Woolard. Lighting design is by Rui Rita with original music and sound design by John Gromada. Wig and hair design are by Paul Huntley with choreography by Peter Pucci. 

According to press notes, "The Old Friends tells the story of matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas families who await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil. 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."

For more information and to purchase tickets visit tickets.alleytheatre.org.