"Horton Foote's America," an episode of the acclaimed series taped in 2007, finds Foote discussing his early days as an actor, his inspiration to become a playwright and his experiences working in television. Appearing with Foote are his daughter, actress Hallie Foote, and his frequent collaborators, Signature Theatre artistic director James Houghton, Primary Stages artistic director Andrew Leynse and Hartford Stage artistic director and Dividing the Estate helmer Michael Wilson.
Horton Foote, who died in Hartford, CT, on March 4 at the age of 92, saw his plays The Carpetbagger's Children and The Death of Papa receive their world premieres at Hartford stage. Foote's recent Broadway venture, Dividing the Estate, under the direction of Michael Wilson, premiered Off-Broadway at Primary Stages and will arrive at Hartford later this spring.
The Signature Theatre Company devoted its entire 1994-1995 season to Foote, resulting in the world premieres of Foote's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Young Man from Atlanta and Laura Dennis, as well as the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures. The Off-Broadway company also presented the world premiere of The Last of the Thorntons and the critically praised production of The Trip to Bountiful.
Hartford Stage and the Signature Theatre Company will unite to produce Foote's ambitious Texas-set cycle of nine plays The Orphans' Home Cycle later this season. Foote was in Hartford working on the plays at the time of his death.
The American Theatre Wing's "Horton Foote's America" airs March 6 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM on CUNY TV. It will be rebroadcast on CUNY TV March 7 at 11 AM and is currently available for download by visiting AmericanTheatreWing.