Two-time Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat (Catch Me If You Can) and a host of Horton Foote play veterans will join Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson (Sounder), Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire), and Tony Award nominees Vanessa Williams (Into the Woods) and Condola Rashad (Stick Fly) in the upcoming Broadway revival of Foote's The Trip To Bountiful . Directed by Michael Wilson (Talley's Folly), the 14-week engagement begins March 30 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an opening set for April 23.
The complete company will also feature the late Foote's son-in-law, Devon Abner (Foote's Dividing the Estate), along with Curtis Billings (Gore Vidal's The Best Man), Pat Bowie (Foote's The Orphans' Home Cycle), Leon Addison Brown (The Orphans' Home Cycle), Arthur French (Dividing the Estate), Susan Heyward (Ruined), Bill Kux (Summer of '42), Linda Powell (The Overwhelming), and Charles Turner (The Orphans' Home Cycle). The production's creative team includes Jeff Cowie (scenery), Van Broughton Ramsey (costumes), Rui Rita (lighting), and John Gromada (original music and sound design).
In The Trip to Bountiful, an elderly woman (Tyson) dreams of returning to her small hometown in Texas one last time, against the wishes of her overprotective son (Gooding Jr.) and daughter-in-law (Williams). The journey is a heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming tale that examines the fragility of memory and celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith.
Originally a made-for-television movie which aired in 1953, The Trip to Bountiful had its Broadway debut at Henry Miller's Theatre (now the Sondheim) later that year in a production which starred Lillian Gish as the elderly Carrie Watts. A 1985 film adaptation earned actress Geraldine Page an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Carrie. The play was most recently presented by Signature Theatre Company off-Broadway in 2005, with actress Lois Smith earning a Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards for her work as Carrie.