By Carey Purcell
26 Sep 2013
|Photo by Myriam Santos|
This is the third and final extension for the acclaimed drama.
The production, which is staged in the Irene Diamond Stage, officially opened Sept. 12 following preview performances that began Aug. 20. It had originally been scheduled to run through Sept. 29 and was first extended through Oct. 6 and then again through Oct. 13.
Directed by Michael Wilson, the cast features Buckley (Sunset Boulevard, Cats) as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff, Foote (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate) as Sibyl Borden and Smith (Heartless, The Trip to Bountiful) as Mamie Borden as well as Tony nominee Veanne Cox (A Free Man of Color, La Cage aux Folles) as Julia Price, Adam LeFevre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Albert Price, Sean Lyons (The Best Man) as Tom Underwood, Novella Nelson (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Purlie) as Hattie, Melle Powers ("Chappelle's Show") as Catherine and Cotter Smith (Next Fall) as Howard Ratliff.
Horton Foote's work has been produced at Signature Theatre in previous seasons. He was the fourth playwright-in-residence during its 1994-95 season. Signature Theatre also produced the world premiere of The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-01 season and The Trip to Bountiful, featuring Smith, in the 2005-06 season. During the 2009-10 season, Signature Theatre co-produced the world premiere of the three-part The Orphans' Home Cycle, featuring Hallie Foote, with Hartford Stage.
The creative team of The Old Friends includes Jeff Cowie (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Rui Rita (lighting design), John Gromada (sound design), Paul Huntley (wig and hair design), Gillian Lane-Plesica (dialect coach) and Mark Olsen (fight director). Casting is by Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA, and Cole P. Bonenberger is production stage manager.
The 2013-14 season at Signature Theatre consists entirely of plays receiving world or New York-premiere productions.
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