The second Script in Hand of the 2024 season continues on with The Trip to Bountiful
Carrie Watts dreams of escape from the bustling city and of a return to simpler times in her beloved Bountiful, Texas. She sets out on a risky journey to her beloved hometown, with her family in hot pursuit. Along the way, she encounters kindness and compassion … and makes a remarkable discovery about the true meaning of home.
Michael Wilson, the foremost interpreter of Horton Foote’s work, directs. This classic American drama is a touching portrait of family, what we hold onto and what we leave behind.
What an honor to have Michael Wilson bring THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL back home to the Playhouse for our Script In Hand series. First written as a television play, Horton Foote’s 1953 masterpiece received its world premiere stage production at the Westport Country Playhouse before moving to Broadway and subsequently across the globe. Michael’s understanding of this play is deeply felt, as evidenced by the celebrated Broadway revival and television film versions which he directed. It is a thrill to host him at the Playhouse to re-investigate a work he knows so intimately and loves with such passion."Mark Shanahan, Script in Hand curator
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“THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL is about the myth of an idea called home. Mr. Foote creates characters, nearly all of whom come from the same stretch of provincial Texas, who long to believe in the reality of real estate, that a house is a fortress and an anchor in a world of threatening flux. But this bleakly sentimental playwright is as merciless as he is compassionate. Home is only an illusion for his people, and everyone is ultimately an orphan, even when surrounded by family.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“If there’s any such thing as a bulletproof play, The Trip to Bountiful may be it. Horton Foote’s elegiac study in the diminution of old age … is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.”
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
“I’ve never been more deeply moved by a theatrical production of any kind.”
-WALL STREET JOURNAL
“…the rarest of theater experiences, an evening which will prove an indelible memory…Horton Foote has done, and done beautifully, the one thing it is important for a playwright to do. That is, provide the disciplined material for expert actors to completely capture an audience and hold it through the evening.”
-NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM
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The 2024 Script in Hand Playreading Series is supported by Joyce Hergenhan and the White Barn program of the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
DINNER & A SHOW
Looking for the perfect pre-show dining spot? Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse is located on the Playhouse campus! While typically closed on Mondays, Gabriele’s will open for Script in Hand evenings if there is enough interest – and they’ll even offer a special $65 prixe fix menu! Click here to view the menu and pricing, and be sure to call Gabriele’s at (203) 454-4922 and make your reservation!
All titles, dates, and artists are subject to change.
directed by Michael Wilson