Michael Wilson, former artistic director of Hartford Stage, will be directing Betty Buckley, Lois Smith and Hallie Foote in the world premiere of Horton Foote’s “The Old Friends” at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company, which also co-produced Foote’s “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” with Hartford Stage.
The new play by Foote, who died four years ago in Hartford at the age of 92, will begin performances Aug. 20 and opens Sept. 12.
The show is described by the theater: "In [the play], 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.
Wilson directed Buckley at Hartford Stage in Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real." He worked with Hallie Foote in "The Death of Papa," "Dividing the Estate," "The Trip To Bountiful" and "The Orphans' Home Cycle" at Hartford Stage. He worked with Smith in "Dividing the Estate" at Hartford Stage.
Wilson directed the current Broadway revival of "The Trip To Bountiful" starring Cicley Tyson. The show received four Tony Awartd nominations: best revival, best actress, best featured actress and best sound.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times