Last Installment of Foote's Orphans' Home Cycle Opens Off-Broadway Jan. 26

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The final chapter of Horton Foote's epic family drama The Orphans' Home Cycle officially opens Off-Broadway Jan. 26 at the Signature Theatre Company.
Orphans' Home Cycle star Hallie Foote
Orphans' Home Cycle star Hallie Foote Photo by Gregory Costanzo

The Story of a Family, which comprises the plays plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa, began previews Jan. 7. The third installment of the nine-play cycle joins The Story of a Childhood and The Story of Marriage, all of which run in repertory through March 28.

Michael Wilson directs Orphans' Home Cycle, which wil offer marathon performances of all nine hour-long plays Feb. 6 and 27 and March 6.

The Signature Theatre co-presents the nine-play cycle with Hartford Stage, where Orphans' made its world premiere earlier this fall. Wilson serves as artistic director of Hartford Stage.

The New York Times previously reported that producers are aligning to transfer the 22-actor production to Broadway in the fall. An official announcement has not been made.

The Story of a Family, according to the Signature, "begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land." Based partly on the life of Foote's father and the courtship of his parents, all of the plays in The Orphans' Home Cycle were originally penned as full-length works. Hartford Stage commissioned Foote to adapt the plays into their current three-part form in 2007. While several of the plays in the cycle were seen prior to the world premiere of this packaging, the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine's Day, make their debut here.

Foote's daughter, Tony-nominated actress Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate) portrays Mary Vaughn in a cast that also features Bill Heck ("The Closer," "Medium") in the central role of Horace Robedaux, with Dividing the Estate actress Maggie Lacey as his wife, Elizabeth Vaughn Robedaux, and James DeMarse (Dividing the Estate, The Trip to Bountiful) as Henry Vaughn.

Completing the cast are Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Harrison, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Gilbert Owuor, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.

The Orphans' Home Cycle has set design by Jeff Cowie and David Barber, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Rui Rita, original music and sound design by John Gromada and choreography by Peter Pucci. Dialect coach is Ralph Zito. Fight director is Mark Olson.

A Pulitzer Prize winner for The Young Man from Atlanta, Foote's plays also include Dividing the Estate (2009 Tony nomination for Best Play), The Carpetbagger's Children, The Trip to Bountiful, The Traveling Lady, The Chase, The Last of the Thorntons and Talking Pictures, among others. He is an Academy Award winner for the screenplays "Tender Mercies" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The 92-year-old Foote had been in Hartford, CT, where he was putting the finishing touches on Orphans' Home Cycle, when he died last March.

The Orphans' Home Cycle "begins with a father's death in a small-Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father, and patriarch," according to press notes.

Part I (The Story of a Childhood) consists of the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale; Part II (The Story of a Marriage) includes The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine's Day; and Part III (The Story of a Family) concludes with 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa.

The first part of the Texas-set drama, The Story of a Childhood, began performances Nov. 5; and the second part, The Story of a Marriage, began Dec. 3.

For tickets and more information visit SignatureTheatre.

Mike Boland, Justin Fuller, Stephen Plunkett, Bill Heck, Annalee Jefferies, Hallie Foote and Jenny Dare Paulin
Mike Boland, Justin Fuller, Stephen Plunkett, Bill Heck, Annalee Jefferies, Hallie Foote and Jenny Dare Paulin
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