The Old Friends
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Overview

“Critic’s Pick!"

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"Five Stars!"

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“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

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.

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote and Lois Smith will be featured in the production.

RESIDENCY

Legacy Program

DATES

August 20 - September 29, 2013

VENUE

The Irene Diamond Stage

IMAGE: Horton Foote photo © Susan Johann.

Preview

The Old Friends trailer

Production PHOTOS


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

Explore

Interviews with the cast of THE OLD FRIENDS

Backstage

BACKSTAGE PHOTOS

Hallie Foote and Betty Buckley.

IMAGE: Photo by Gregory Costanzo.

Who’s Who

Cast

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

Preview

The Old Friends trailer

Production PHOTOS


Photos by Joan Marcus.

Explore

Interviews with the cast of THE OLD FRIENDS

Michael Wilson and Hallie Foote on THE OLD FRIENDS

MEET AND GREET PHOTOS


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

Backstage

Horton Foote at Signature Theatre

BACKSTAGE PHOTOS


Photos by Gregory Costanzo.

Performance Info


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