Danger waits just underneath the surface in Horton Foote’s powerful, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of an aging couple still reeling from the death of their only child. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing 1950s Houston, the Kidders' lives are turned upside down once again when a figure from their son’s past shows up in town. They deny, deflect and deceive in an effort to avoid the danger but can’t dodge the inevitable reckoning. How far will these grieving parents go to avoid the truths this young man from Atlanta might reveal? Director Michael Wilson (The Orphans’ Home CycleThe Old Friends), the premier interpreter of Foote’s work, returns to Signature to bring to life this beautiful, heartbreaking play that explores and dissects the American dream while revealing the depths we go to in order to keep ourselves safe.


Critics’ Pick! "Horton Foote’s magic asserts itself anew in The Young Man from Atlanta."
The New York Times

"Young Man From Atlanta shows Foote at the top of his game. The ensemble cast is uniformly excellent.”

"Aidan Quinn and Kristine Nielsen are touching and hilarious."
The New York Theatre Guide 

"The steely-eyed Aidan Quinn proves ideal and the perfect anchor."

Time Out New York

The Young Man from Atlanta is generously sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
The Young Man from Atlanta is generously supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
November 7, 2019 - December 15, 2019
Running Time
2 hours 5 minutes, one intermission
The Irene Diamond Stage


Devon Abner

Dan Bittner

Pat Bowie

Harriett D. Foy

Kristine Nielsen

Jon Orsini

Stephen Payne

Aidan Quinn


Scenic Design
Jeff Cowie
Costume Design
Van Broughton Ramsey
Lighting Design
David Lander
Sound Design & Original Music
John Gromada
Dialect Coach
Shane Ann Younts
Production Stage Manager
Robert Bennett

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