Horton Foote's One-Act Plays Get Their Due

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The American playwright Horton Foote made his biggest marks with works such as The Trip to Bountiful and Tender Mercies, the screenplay for To Kill a Mockingbird, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Young Man from Atlanta. Now, three years after his death in 2009 at age 92, New York theater audiences have a chance to re-assess one particular area of Horton Foote’s work.

Primary Stages, at the 59 East 59 Theaters, is now presenting a selection of Foote’s shorter one-act plays under the title “Harrison, Tx: Three Plays by Horton Foote.” The production, directed by Pam MacKinnon, includes more of Foote’s legacy than just his writing: Actress Hallie Foote, Horton Foote’s daughter, is one of the members of the cast. Charles Isherwood shares his thoughts on the plays, the performers, and Horton Foote’s place among the American dramatists of his generation.

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