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“Critic’s Pick!"

-Ben Brantley, New York Times

“A sizzling, spitting skillet of a production! Nary a performance is short of deep-fried perfection!”

-Scott Brown, New York Magazine

"Five Stars!"

-Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg

“Transcendent! A master class in acting precision!"

-Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post



In this World Premiere play by Signature Legacy Playwright Horton Foote, 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. 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.

Helmed by Michael Wilson, director of Signature's acclaimed 2009 production of The Orphans' Home Cycle and the current Tony nominated revival of The Trip to Bountiful, The Old Friends is an absorbing and vital chapter in Foote's beloved, distinctly American body of work.

Residency: Legacy Program
Venue: The Irene Diamond Stage


The Old Friends trailer

Production PHOTOS

Cotter Smith (Howard Ratliff) and Betty Buckley (Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff).
IMAGE: Photo by Joan Marcus.


Interviews with the cast of THE OLD FRIENDS



Hallie Foote and Betty Buckley.

IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Who’s Who


Betty Buckley: Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff
Veanne Cox: Julia Price
Hallie Foote: Sybil Borden
Adam LeFevre: Albert Price
Sean Lyons:
Tom Underwood
Novella Nelson: Hattie
Melle Powers: Catherine
Cotter Smith: Howard Ratliff
Lois Smith: Mamie Borden

Creative Team

Scenic Design: Jeff Cowie
Costume Design: David C. Woolard
Lighting Design: Rui Rita
Original Music & Sound Design: John Gromada
Wig & Hair Design: Paul Huntley
Fight Direction: Mark Olsen
Dialect Coach: Gillian Lane-Plescia
Choreographer: Peter Pucci
Production Stage Manager: Cole P. Bonenberger
Casting: Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA


The Old Friends trailer

Production PHOTOS

Photos by Joan Marcus.


Interviews with the cast of THE OLD FRIENDS

Michael Wilson and Hallie Foote on THE OLD FRIENDS


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.


Horton Foote at Signature Theatre


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

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Performance Info

First Performance:

August 20

Last Performance:

October 20, 2013

Running Time:

2 hours 5 minutes, with one intermission

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Performance Extras

Talkback Series

A post-show Q&A with members of Signature's Artistic Department
August 27, September 17 & 26, October 1

The Art of Collaboration

A pre-show discussion between Director Michael Wilson, Actor Hallie Foote and Signature Associate Artistic Director Beth Whitaker
September 11

Backstage Pass

A pre-show discussion with Scenic Designer Jeff Cowie.
September 25

Signature Cafe and Bar

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