The cast of Broadway's upcoming revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful met the press on Monday, March 11 at the theater district eatery Sardi's. Directed by Michael Wilson (Talley's Folly), the drama's 14-week engagement begins previews March 30 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an opening set for April 23.
Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson (Sounder) leads the revival's company as Carrie Watts, an elderly woman dreaming of one last return to her hometown, Bountiful, Texas. While her overprotective son (played by Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr.) and domineering daughter-in-law (Tony Award nominee Vanessa Williams) stand in her way, Carrie attempts the journey herself, befriending a young soldier's wife (Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad) and getting help from a local sheriff (Tony Award nominee Tom Wopat).
The complete company also includes Devon Abner (Foote's Dividing the Estate), 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).
Originally a made-for-television movie that 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 starring Lillian Gish as the elderly Carrie Watts. A 1985 film adaptation earned actress Geraldine Page a Best Actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Carrie. The play was most recently presented by Signature Theatre Company off Broadway in 2005, with actress Lois Smith earning Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards for her work as Carrie.