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Primary Stages Celebrates Horton Foote’s 100th Birthday With a Champagne Toast and Cake.

Primary Stages Celebrates Horton Foote’s 100th Birthday With a Champagne Toast and Cake.
Annie Potts,Estelle Parsons

Annie Potts and Estelle Parsons

Horton Foote had his first play, Texas Town, produced Off-Broadway in 1941. His plays, Harrison, TX; Dividing the Estate; and The Day Emily Married had their New York Premieres at Primary Stages.  He received Academy Awards for his screenplay adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and his original screenplay, Tender Mercies.  His screenplay of The Trip to Bountiful was nominated for an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway and the Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award for the Signature Series of his plays. In 1996 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and at the same time received from the Academy the Gold Medal of Drama for the entire body of his work. In 2000 he received the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama, New York State Governor’s Arts Award and in December of that year he was given the National Medal of Arts Award by President Clinton. In 2006 his play, The Trip to Bountiful, won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and he was given the Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work. In 2009 – 2010, his epic masterwork, The Orphans’ Home Cycle was co-produced by Hartford Stage Company and Signature Theatre Company and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award. His memoirs, Farewell and Beginnings, are published by Scribners.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Horton Foote

Everyone together

Lois Smith. Casey Childs

Lois Smith and Casey Childs

Matthew Broaderick, Annie Potts

Matthew Broaderick and Annie Potts

Haley Foote

Hallie Foote

Estelle Parsons, Keith Sherman

Estelle Parsons and Keith Sherman

Veanne Cox, Michael Wilson

Veanne Cox and Michael Wilson

Veterans of recent Horton Foote productions – Playwright and daughter of Horton Foote Daisy Foote (Him, Bhutan); Tony-nominated actress, producer and daughter of Horton Foote, Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate, Harrison TXThe Trip to Bountiful); actor Arthur French (The Trip to Bountiful,  Dividing the Estate); Obie-winning actress Lois Smith (The Trip to Bountiful) Tony, Grammy and Emmy-nominated actress Vanessa Williams (The Trip to Bountiful, “The Good Wife”); Tony-nominated director Michael Wilson (Dividing the EstateThe Trip to BountifulGore Vidal’s The Best Man).  From Primary Stages – Casey Childs (Founder & Executive Producer), Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director), and Michelle Bossy (Associate Artistic Director).

Jamie deRoy

Jamie deRoy

Jamie posing next to a show she produced

Jamie posing next to a show she produced

Primary Stagesalso announced their upcoming 32nd Season. The 2016/17 season, to be performed at New York’s historic Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street, www.cherrylanetheatre.org), will feature the four productions:
THE ROADS TO HOME
by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright HORTON FOOTE
Directed by MICHAEL WILSON
Featuring DEVON ABNER, HALLIE FOOTE, additional casting to be announced
September – November, 2016
Celebrating the Centennial of his birth with a tender, yet compelling new production of his quintessential comic drama, The Roads to HomeIn this beautiful masterpiece, three women living in Houston, Texas in the 1920s grapple with the eternal question, “Where is home?” The Roads to Home offers a rare chance to experience a Foote gem not seen on the New York stage in over 25 years, in one of New York’s most intimate and historic venues, the Cherry Lane Theatre. This timeless production will feature direction by Michael Wilson (Foote’s longtime collaborator who won Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Orphans’ Home Cycle) and performances from Drama Desk winner Devon Abner and Tony-nominated Hallie Foote, the foremost contemporary interpreter of Horton’s work.
CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC
New York Premiere by CLAUDIA RANKINE
Adapted for the stage by CLAUDIA RANKINE & STEPHEN SACHS
January – March, 2017
An intensely provocative and unapologetic rumination on racial aggression in America, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyrichas been heralded as one of the best books of the past decade. In this new stage adaptation by Rankine and Stephen Sachs of this masterful New York Times bestseller, seemingly everyday acts of racism are scrutinized as part of an uncompromising testimony of “living while Black” in America.  A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, Rankine’s work echoes the voices heard around dinner tables and in demonstrations across the country. From the shooting of Trayvon Martin, to the tennis career of Serena Williams, and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Citizen powerfully explores life in the face of unrelenting and pervasive acts of injustice, whether they are political affronts on the global stage or passing slurs at the local supermarket.
DANIEL’S HUSBAND
New York Premiere by MICHAEL McKEEVER
Directed by JOE BRANCATO
Presented by Primary Stages and Ted Snowdon
March – April, 2017
In Michael McKeever’s compelling new play, Daniel’s Husband, we see Daniel and Mitchell enjoying life as the Perfect Couple. Perfect house, perfect friends, even a mother who wants them to wed. What isn’t perfect is that Daniel longs to be married and Mitchell does not.  A turn of events forces both men to face the consequences of their opposing views, and they learn that they are living in a world where fundamental rights aren’t always so fundamental. Proclaimed by the Miami Herald as “beautifully crafted, powerfully realized and emotionally devastating,” Daniel’s Husband takes an unflinching look at how we choose to Tie the Knot. Or not.
The 2016/17 Season will also include the first production in the new Primary Stages Studio Series, PS TWO. This new program will feature productions in a smaller setting and enable Primary Stages and its audiences to explore new writers and their work on a more intimate level.
FADE
New York Premiere by TANYA SARACHO
November – December, 2016
Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Tanya Saracho (Mala Hierba at Second Stage; writer and co-producer of the hit ABC series, “How to Get Away with Murder”) comes to Primary Stages with the New York Premiere of Fade,a behind-the-scenes comedy about the burgeoning friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a ruthless Hollywood studio. Lucia is an tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio’s janitors, compassionate to Lucia’s difficulties and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes which keeps them in an absorbing tête-à-tête throughout their workdays. As their bond grows, Abel’s stories quickly blur with those Lucia is writing for the show and they both find themselves in the center of their own not-quite-made-for-TV drama.
 Shane D. Hudson

Shane D. Hudson

In addition to the 2016/17 Season announcement, Primary Stages announced their new Executive Director, Shane D. Hudson, at Monday’s event.  Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, Hudson was most recently the Director of Development at Elevator Repair Service Theater, located in Manhattan. He graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama Theater Management Program, where he served as Managing Director of the Yale Cabaret and as the Assistant Managing Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. Before attending Yale, Shane was the Associate Director of Development at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, NC. He served on the Board of Directors for Arts North Carolina and Triangle ArtWorks and was a social media consultant for arts organizations throughout the state. Shane received his BFA in Theater Management from Emerson College in Boston. While in Boston, Shane produced numerous productions at the Emerson Majestic Theater, served as General Manager and Marketing Director for Blue Man Group, managed the historic Charles Playhouse, and was the Executive Director of StageSource, the Alliance of Theater Artists and Producers. He also served on the StageSource Board of Directors for eight years. Shane founded GhostLight Media, Inc., a consultant group providing New England arts organizations with general management, marketing, and event planning services.

Horton Foote

Horton Foote

The cake

Horton Foote

Champagne for the toast

Poster of Horton Foote's Show

Poster of Horton Foote’s Show

2016-03-14 17.33.03 HDR

Casey Childs, Andrew Leynse , Michelle Bossy

Casey Childs, Andrew Leynse and Michelle Bossy

Horton Foote

Cutting the cake with the Foote Family

Horton Foote Horton Foote

 

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