Austin Playhouse Presents
The Trip to Bountiful
by Horton Foote
November 19 - December 18; Thursdays–Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
Austin Playhouse, 3601 S. Congress, Bldg. C
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Tickets $26 Thursday and Friday, $28 Saturday and Sunday, $35 Opening Night
available online at: www.austinplayhouse.com or from the box office 512.476.0084; season tickets available
In the second main stage production of the 2010-2011 season, Austin Playhouse brings the late Horton Foote’s television play The Trip to Bountiful to the stage.
Producer Don Toner says the heartwarming play is “a testament to the idea of home and its power to sustain us.”
The Trip to Bountiful was written by Foote as a teleplayfor NBC in 1953 and presented onstage shortly afterward. In 1985 the play was adapted for the big screen for a movie starring Geraldine Page, John Heard and Carlin Glynn. The film production brought Foote an Oscar nomination for the category of Best Script. Geraldine Page won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance.
Set during World War II, Foote’s most celebrated work focuses on a different war: the war of the Watts family. Aging Carrie Watts feels trapped in the too-close quarters of her son’s small home. Reflecting on her many trying life experiences, Watts hopes to find contentment by returning to her small town childhood home of Bountiful, Texas, three decades after moving away. Standing in the way of fulfilling her dream are her daughter-in-law and son, who want her to stay with them in Houston so they might continue living off her pension.
When Watts ultimately makes it back to Bountiful, the changes she finds in her hometown are both heartbreaking and brilliantly life affirming.
Widely celebrated playwright Foote, a native Texan, won Oscars for Tender Mercies and for his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. Foote won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Young Man from Atlanta.