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The Old Friends


At its new home on 42nd Street, Signature presents the world premiere of a play written by the late, great Horton Foote and directed by Michael Wilson (director of Mr. Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful," now on Broadway).

The Off-Broadway production of The Old Friends closed October 20, 2013. For current Off-Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.

From the producers: 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.

Horton Foote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play "The Young Man From Atlanta," and received Academy Awards for Best Screenplay in 1962 for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and in 1983 for "Tender Mercies." Mr. Foote, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 92, was profiled by Alex Witchel in a NY Times Magazine feature in 2007.

Signature has assembled a stellar cast for "The Old Friends" - Lois Smith as Mamie and Hallie Foote as Sybill, plus Betty Buckley, Veanne Cox, Adam LeFevre, Sean Lyons, Novella Nelson, Melle Powers, and Cotter Smith - quite a tribute to Horton Foote's powerful legacy.

What's the Signature Theatre? Signature is a highly-regarded Off-Broadway company founded in 1991. Signature focused each of its first 20 seasons on the work of a single playwright - Sam Shepard, Romulus Linney, Horton Foote, Lanford Wilson, August Wilson, etc. With the opening of the spectacular new Signature Center just west of Times Square, the company will expand its annual offerings. Tickets, highly subsidized since 2005 by the company's Signature Ticket Initiative, are only $25. More here.




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