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OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS WINNERS

   2009 – 2010

 

OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

The Outer Critics Circle Award Winners were announced today.

 

The awards ceremony will take place on May 27, 2010.


FENCES won Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Denzel Washington) and Outstanding Actress in a Play (Viola Davis).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES won Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Douglas Hodge), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Terry Johnson) and Outstanding Costume Design (Matthew Wright).  
 
LEND ME A TENOR won the Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Award (Jan Maxwell).
 
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC won Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
  
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has won Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Levi Kreis).

NEXT FALL playwright Geoffrey Nauffts has won the John Gassner Award.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE won Outstanding Off-Broadway Play and Outstanding Director of a Play (Michael Wilson).  
 
RED won Outstanding Broadway Play.
 
WISHFUL DRINKING has won Outstanding Solo Performance (Carrie Fisher).

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, CLICK HERE 

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Highlights of 2009-2010 Broadway Season

2009-2010 Broadway Season Officially Ends

HIGHLIGHTS OF A HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR, PACKED WITH SHOWS:

Burn The Floor • Bye Bye Birdie • The Royal Family • Hamlet • After Miss Julie • Wishful Drinking • Ragtime • White Christmas  • A Little Night Music • A View From the Bridge • The Miracle Worker • A Behanding in Spokane •
Times Stands Still • Present Laughter • Next Fall • Looped • Red • Lend Me a Tenor • Million Dollar Quartet • La Cage aux Folles •  Sondheim on Sondheim • Fences • Collected Stories • Everyday Rapture


With the opening last night of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Everyday Rapture, the 2009-2010 Broadway Season officially comes to an end.
 
One of the busiest and exciting Broadway seasons in years included many moments that will make it truly memorable.  
 
Follow along with us on Twitter (@BBBway) as we look back at this electric, star-packed season.  
 
@OfficialBTF:
“Last summer, the Longacre heated up with the dancers of BURN THE FLOOR.  Maks and Karina from DWTS were a special treat for audiences.”
 
@B3onBroadway:
“The new Henry Miller’s Theatre opened in September with the first revival of the famous rock-n-roll musical BYE BYE BIRDIE.  Mayor Bloomberg cut the ribbon!”

@MTC_NYC:
“THE ROYAL FAMILY was so luscious, even the NY Times is still talking about it:   http://tinyurl.com/39yw4vg .”
 
@HamletBway09:
“Jude Law returned to Broadway last fall in the Donmar Warehouse’s mega-hit acclaimed production of HAMLET.”
 
@NightMusicBway:
“Celebrated stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury lit up Broadway this Winter in the first revival of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Carrie Fisher had audiences rolling in the aisles as she told her sordid, martini soaked tale in WISHFUL DRINKING.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“The Neil Simon Plays: Brighton Beach Memoirs, directed by David Cromer, earns enthusiastic reviews, but plays briefly at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Patrick Marber’s AFTER MISS JULIE brought Sienna Miller & Jonny Lee Miller together in an intoxicating tango.”
 
@SignatureTheatr:
 “Signature Theatre enjoys one of its biggest critical successes with the marathon trilogy production, Horton Foote’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, directed by Michael Wilson.”
 
@RagtimeonBway09:
“The celebrated musical RAGTIME returned to Broadway this Fall, breathing new life into the beloved American epic.”
 
@BBBWAY:
“IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS returned to Broadway at the Marquis Theatre this Winter, making it New York’s newest holiday tradition.”

@VIEWonBroadway:
“The new year began dramatically with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson in a definitive production of A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The dashing Victor Garber nailed the classic Noel Coward matinee idol role in a very funny revival of PRESENT LAUGHTER.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ newest play, TIME STANDS STILL earns rave reviews in its Broadway debut at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.”
 
@MiracleWorkerNY:
“THE MIRACLE WORKER brought Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin to Circle in the Square for her Broadway debut, alongside Tony nominee Alison Pill.”
 
@LoopedBroadway:
“Valerie Harper returned to Broadway in March in a tour-de-force performance as Tallulah Bankhead in LOOPED.”
 
@NextFall:
“Geoffrey Naufft’s new American play NEXT FALL opened in March and was lauded by critics for its humor, compassion and depth.”
 
@BehandingBWAY:
“March roared in like a lion with Chris Walken’s memorable portrayal of a one-handed man in A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE.”
 
@MillionDQuartet:
“In April, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET became Broadway’s newest smash hit musical featuring a treasure trove of beloved rock and roll songs.”
 
@LendTenorNYC:
“Uproarious laughter has filled The Music Box since the April bow of Ken Ludwig’s madcap comedy Lend Me A Tenor, directed by Stanley Tucci.”
 
@RedonBroadway:
“Stage & screen vet Alfred Molina and Broadway newcomer Eddie Redmayne paint NY RED in John Logan’s new play, directed by Michael Grandage.”
 
@LaCageBroadway:
“LA CAGE AUX FOLLES opens to raves for Kelsey Grammer & Douglas Hodge and the ingeniously reinvented production, directed by Terry Johnson.”
 
@RTC_NYC:
“The adoration for Sondheim’s musical genius continued this spring in SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM.  Barbara Cook is a rare treat for Broadway audiences.”
 
@MTC_NYC:
“Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES premiered on Broadway at MTC, starring Linda Lavin, Sarah Paulson and directed by Lynne Meadow.”
 
@FencesBroadway:
“The first Broadway revival of FENCES, directed by Kenny Leon, opened to a chorus of raves for stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.
 
@RTC_NYC:
“Sherie Rene Scott finished the season off with a bang, wowing critics with her new musical EVERYDAY RAPTURE.” 

www.twitter.com/bbbway 
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The Orphans’ Home Cycle now in its final two weeks

FINAL TWO WEEKS TO SEE

HORTON FOOTE’S
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED RUN ENDS SATURDAY, MAY 8 AT
SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, the world premiere of a three part theatrical event by the late Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote, is now in its final two weeks at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company. Following two extensions, the production’s critically acclaimed run ends Saturday, May 8.

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2009-2010 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

2009-2010 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 60th annual Outer Critics Circle Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.
 

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The Orphans’ Home Cycle plays 200th performance tonight

HORTON FOOTE’S
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE
PLAYS 200th PERFORMANCE TONIGHT

PRODUCTION CONTINUES THROUGH MAY 8

AT SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

The critically acclaimed THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays its 200th performance tonight since the run began in September, 2009 at Hartford Stage.   THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE has been extended by popular demand through Saturday, May 8th at Signature Theatre Company.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, the world premiere of a three-part theatrical event by the late Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote, is being co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work. 

Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas and based partly on the childhood of Foote’s father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is a wide-ranging, intricate work that spans the lives of three families over three decades.  All actors in the production play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the various plays which comprise the Cycle. 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE begins with a father’s death in a small Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father and patriarch.

The ensemble of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Amii Harrison, Bill Heck, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Gilbert Owuor, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.

The design team for THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Jeff Cowie and David M. Barber (Set Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Jan Hartley (Projection Design), Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Wig and Hair Design). Peter Pucci (Choreography), Ralph Zito (Voice/Dialect Coach) and Mark Olsen (Fight Director).

Each part of the three-part cycle is staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons.   Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy. 

Foote completed work on THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE prior to his death on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92. The cycle features nine plays that were originally written as full-length pieces.  Hartford Stage commissioned Foote in 2007 to adapt the plays in this new three-part form.

PART 1: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD begins at the turn of the 20th century and follows Horace Robedaux in his formative years.   Part 1 begins with the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale.

PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE focuses on the courtship years of Horace Robedaux and his search for a wife.  Part 2 consists of the plays The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine’s Day.

PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land.  Part 3 is made up of the plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa

Four of the individual plays, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine’s Day, are being staged for the first time as part of the cycle.

Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1994-1995 season to Horton Foote, including the world premieres of The Young Man from Atlanta (for which Foote won the Pulitzer Prize) and Laura Dennis and the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures.  Signature also produced the world premiere of his The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-2001 Season, as well as the award-winning production of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 during the company’s 15th anniversary season. 

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. 

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company.  Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program.  The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. 

Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011. The twentieth season will feature the work of Tony Kushner.  Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and twenty-two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

Signature Theatre Company recently announced a new, permanent home for the company on W.42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, scheduled to open in 2012.  The Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center will comprise three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level—a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. The Signature Center will feature three unique programs: the continuation of the Master Playwrights Residency, the expansion of the Legacy Program, and the introduction of a new Emerging Playwrights Residency, which will feature early and mid-career playwrights, and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a four-year residency. For more information on The Signature Center, please visit signaturecenter.org.

TICKETS

Tickets for all performances are $65. Marathon performances ($225) are on April 3 and May 8.

Please visit www.signaturetheatre.org for the full performance calendar.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays:

Tuesday-Friday at 7PM

Saturday at 8PM

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM

No Wednesday matinee performance March 31 and May 5

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).   

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20 for the individual performances of all three parts. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).  

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. Support for Signature Theatre Company’s Horton Foote Legacy Season is provided by American Express, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation.

Critics rave for The Orphans’ Home Cycle Part 3

CRITICS RAVE FOR HORTON FOOTE’S
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE
PART 3 – THE STORY OF A FAMILY
AT SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY, the final part of the world premiere three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, opened last night at Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues – and the critics are cheering!    

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE
is co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work.  
 
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE has been extended by popular demand for an additional six weeks through Saturday, May 8, 2010.
 
Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say about THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY:

Life, Death and Family in Foote’s Texas <http://theater.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/theater/reviews/27orphan.html?ref=theater>
The New York Times
By Ben Brantley
January 27, 2010

“Nobody in Harrison, Tex., needs to ask for whom the bell tolls. Not, at least, in 1918, the year that gives the title to the opening work in the reverberant final installment of Horton Foote’s “Orphans’ Home Cycle” at the Peter Norton Space on West 42nd Street.
 
Again and again, the iron tongue clangs from the church steeple, and people in town realize that the flu has taken another victim, most likely someone they’re acquainted with. Odds are they’ll know the name of the deceased — and the time and place of death — before the tolling stops.
 
The three short dramas that make up “The Story of a Family,” which opened on Tuesday night, are both the starkest and most sentimental of this lovingly painted life-and-times portrait, directed by Michael Wilson in a co-production of the Hartford Stage and the Signature Theater Company.
 
More than its predecessors, “Family” brings home the sense of how tenuous existence was in western America in the early 20th century, and how desperate it could become. Small wonder that people clung to the notions of their extended families as if they were the very tree of life.
 
One of the pleasures of repertory is watching how actors become different characters. Here, under Mr. Wilson’s gliding direction, this is usually achieved with a simple, restrained grace, acknowledging that the canvas matters more than the figures within it.”
 
Foote’s Fine ‘Family’ Goes the Whole Nine Yards <http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/foote_fine_family_goes_whole_nine_EHealii6DlbnrawtajBDSP>
New York Post
By Elisabeth Vincentelli
January 27, 2010

With a total running time now up to nine hours, Horton Foote’s “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” finally draws to an end with the opening of its third and last three-act installment, “The Story of a Family.” It’s been a long, steady ride since the first one opened in November, and reaching the destination brings a fulfilling sense of completion.

Foote doesn’t neatly tie up loose ends, but it doesn’t matter because what he does do is provide an ending that feels as natural and satisfying as a river reaching the sea.
 
The playwright gave himself a big challenge by making Horace a “good man” — the kind of stoic, reliable citizen you don’t necessarily associate with pulse-quickening drama. But “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” is unrelenting in its own gentle way, and we easily become hooked to its succession of seemingly mundane events, quarrels and small pleasures.
 
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2010/01/27/2010-01-27_as_you_like_it_and_final_chapter_of_orphans_home_cycle_offer_theatrical_pleasure.html

‘Orphans’ Home Cycle’ offers pleasures worth the wait <http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2010/01/27/2010-01-27_as_you_like_it_and_final_chapter_of_orphans_home_cycle_offer_theatrical_pleasure.html>
Daily News
By Joe Dziemianowicz
January 27, 2010
 
Superior acting, direction and design work — hallmarks of the first two segments of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” — are front and center in this final installment. The show is filled with riches. To his credit, Foote, who died last March, doesn’t tie things up with a pretty bow — rather with something more uncertain. The line that lingers near the end is a simple one: “A family is a remarkable thing, isn’t it?”  It is. So is this theatrical event. 

 
‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle’ reaches a satisfying end <http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_en_re/us_theater_review_orphans__home_cycle_2>
Associated Press
By Mike Kuchwara
January 26, 2010

The story of Horace Robedaux comes to an emotionally and theatrically satisfying conclusion in Part 3 of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” Horton Foote’s monumental, nine-hour saga of one man’s journey to adulthood.

After already having spent six hours with the man, Horace has, by this third collection of one acts, become an old friend. He anchors Foote’s intricately woven tapestry of life in fictional Harrison, Texas, during the first three decades of the 20th century.

Part 3, which opened Tuesday at off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company, is called “The Story of a Family,” and is directed — like Parts 1 and 2 — by Michael Wilson with stunning clarity. Its themes are pretty much summed up by one of the characters in the evening’s second act: “A family is a remarkable thing, isn’t it? You belong. And then you don’t. It passes you by, unless you start a family of your own.”

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 3 – The Story of a Family’ <http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20339477,00.html>
Entertainment Weekly
By Melissa Rose Bernardo
January 26, 2010

A cloud of sadness looms over The Story of a Family, the third and final installment in The Orphans’ Home Cycle — and it’s palpable even before the play’s funereal beginning. It signals that Horton Foote’s sublime trilogy is coming to a close; these are

After nine hours of The Orphans’ Home Cycle, it seems ungrateful to want more: There are, after all, nine plays and three productions on display at Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre; director Michael Wilson and his 22-member cast have done remarkable work, imbuing Foote’s epic piece with a delicate intimacy.  Grade: A.

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle: Part 3’ <http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/82306/the-orphans-home-cycle-part-3-theater-review>

Horace Robedaux’s journey ends

Time Out New York
By David Cote
January 26, 2010
«««««  (out of five)

Before his death last year, Horton Foote finished condensing nine full-length, sequential dramas (written in the ’70s) into the nine-hour epic that we now know as the Orphans’ Home Cycle. But as the plays were boiled down to their essences, a rich and strange mutation occurred: Time became radically shortened. Events that should take about an hour of real stage time (a trip into town, a funeral, getting sick from influenza) now unfold in five or ten minutes, which ramps up drama and forces you to suspend disbelief.
 
So fine-tuned is the ensemble’s acting, and so precise is Michael Wilson’s direction, this temporal strangeness only heightens the complex pleasures of Foote’s melancholy masterpiece.

‘The Orphans’ Home Cycle: Part 3 – The Story of a Marriage’ <http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre-off-broadway/ny-review-the-orphans-home-cycle-part-three-1004062293.story>
Backstage
By Erik Haagensen
January 26, 2010

“Don’t be too sure. Don’t be too sure about anything, Big Horace. Not anything in this world.” Horton Foote’s extraordinary nine-play saga, “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” ends with this plainspoken warning from one brother-in-law to another as a family sits down to dinner. Simple, perhaps even obvious words, and yet in Foote’s hands they are quietly shattering, taking on mythic dimension. Now that the end of the cycle has been reached, I’m happy to say that what I hoped for after seeing Part One is true: Foote’s final gift to the stage is glorious, an essential American masterwork.

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The Orphans’ Home Cycle extended six weeks through May 8

HORTON FOOTE’S
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE
EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND FOR SECOND TIME THROUGH SATURDAY, MAY 8 AT

SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

ADDITIONAL SIX WEEKS ON SALE NOW

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, the world premiere of a three part theatrical event by the late Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Horton Foote, has been extended by popular demand for a second time at Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company. All three parts will now play in repertory for an additional six weeks through Saturday, May 8.  Tickets are on sale now through http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org>  and at the Signature Theatre Company box office at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues.     
 
The extension includes the addition of two more marathon performances.  Ticket purchasers now also have ten more chances to see the complete cycle over two or three consecutive days.     
 
Tickets for the extension weeks will be $65 per part.   Tickets are available via signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/>  or via phone (212) 244-PLAY (7529) and in person at the Signature Theatre Box Office (555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).
 
The world premiere production of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, a three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, is being co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work.  
 
Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas and based partly on the childhood of Foote’s father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is a wide-ranging, intricate work that spans the lives of three families over three decades.  All actors in the production play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the various plays which comprise the Cycle.
 
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE begins with a father’s death in a small Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father and patriarch.
 
The ensemble of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Amii Harrison, Bill Heck, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Gilbert Owuor, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.
 
The design team for THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Jeff Cowie and David M. Barber (Set Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Jan Hartley (Projection Design), Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Wig and Hair Design). Peter Pucci (Choreography), Ralph Zito (Voice/Dialect Coach) and Mark Olsen (Fight Director).
 
Each part of the three part cycle is staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons.   Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy.  

Foote completed work on THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE prior to his death on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92. The cycle features nine plays that were originally written as full-length pieces.  Hartford Stage commissioned Foote in 2007 to adapt the plays in this new three-part form.

PART 1: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD
begins at the turn of the 20th century and follows Horace Robedaux in his formative years.   Part 1 begins with the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale.

PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE focuses on the courtship years of Horace Robedaux and his search for a wife.  Part 2 consists of the plays The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine’s Day.
 
PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land.  Part 3 is made up of the plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa.  
 
Four of the individual plays, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine’s Day, are being staged for the first time as part of the cycle.
 
Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1994-1995 season to Horton Foote, including the world premieres of The Young Man from Atlanta (for which Foote won the Pulitzer Prize) and Laura Dennis and the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures.  Signature also produced the world premiere of his The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-2001 Season, as well as the award-winning production of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 during the company’s 15th anniversary season.  

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision.  
 
Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company.  Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program.  The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres.
 
Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011. The twentieth season will feature the work of Tony Kushner. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and twenty two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.
 
Signature Theatre Company recently announced a new, permanent home for the company, beginning in 2012.  The Frank Gehry-designed Signature Center will be part of Related Companies’ $800 million, 59-story residential building and hotel currently under construction on 42nd Street and 10th Avenue. The City of New York has contributed $25 million toward the $60 million project. Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently joined Speaker Christine Quinn and Signature artists in a dedication ceremony celebrating the project.   
 
The Signature Center will comprise three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level—a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. The Signature Center will feature three unique programs: the continuation of the Master Playwright Residency, which explores the works of playwrights with major bodies of work; the expansion of the Legacy Program, which celebrates the lifetime achievements of the artists who have previously worked at Signature and the introduction of a new Emerging Playwrights Residency, which will feature early and mid-career playwrights, and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a four-year residency. For more information on The Signature Center, please visit signaturecenter.org.
 
TICKETS

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20 for the individual performances of all three parts. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).   

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. Support for Signature Theatre Company’s Horton Foote Legacy Season is provided by American Express, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation.
 
Tickets for all performances of individual parts beginning March 9, 2010 are $65. Marathon performances on February 6 and 27 and March 6 are $195; April 4 and May 8 marathon performances are $225.
 
Marathons are scheduled for February 6 and 27, March 6, April 4 and May 8. Please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/>  for the full performance calendar.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays:
Tuesday-Friday at 7PM
Saturday at 8PM
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM
No Wednesday matinee performance Feb 3, 24; March 3, 31; and May 5

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/> or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).    

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Signature’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle Part 3 opens tomorrow night

HORTON FOOTE’S

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE

PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY

OPENS TOMORROW AT SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY opens tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 26 at Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The production began performances on Thursday, January 7.  
 
The world premiere production of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, a three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, is being co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work.  
 
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE will play through March 28, 2010 at Signature Theatre Company.  Tickets are on sale through http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/>  and at the Signature box office.  
 
Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas and based partly on the childhood of Foote’s father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is a wide-ranging, intricate work that spans the lives of three families over three decades.  All actors in the production play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the various plays which comprise the Cycle.   
 
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE begins with a father’s death in a small Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father and patriarch.
 
The ensemble of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Amii Harrison, Bill Heck, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Gilbert Owour, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.
 
The design team for THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Jeff Cowie and David M. Barber (Set Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Peter Pucci (Choreography), Ralph Zito (Voice/Dialect Coach), Mark Olsen (Fight Director), Jan Hartley (Projection Design) and Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Wig and Hair Design).
 
Each part of the three part cycle will be staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons.   Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy.  

Foote completed work on THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE prior to his death on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92. The cycle features nine plays that were originally written as full-length pieces.  Hartford Stage commissioned Foote in 2007 to adapt the plays in this new three-part form.

PART 1: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD
begins at the turn of the 20th century and follows Horace Robedaux in his formative years.   Part 1 begins with the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale.

PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE focuses on the courtship years of Horace Robedaux and his search for a wife.  Part 2 consists of the plays The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine’s Day.
 
PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land.  Part 3 is made up of the plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa.  
 
Four of the individual plays, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine’s Day, are being staged for the first time as part of the cycle.
 
Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1994-1995 season to Horton Foote, including the world premieres of The Young Man from Atlanta (for which Foote won the Pulitzer Prize) and Laura Dennis and the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures.  Signature also produced the world premiere of his The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-2001 Season, as well as the award-winning production of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 during the company’s 15th anniversary season.  

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision.  
 
Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company. Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program.  The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres.
 
Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011. The twentieth season will feature the work of Tony Kushner. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and twenty two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.
 
TICKETS

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20 for the individual performances of all three parts. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).   

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. Support for Signature Theatre Company’s Horton Foote Legacy Season is provided by American Express, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation.
 
Tickets for all performances beginning March 9, 2010 are $65.
 
Marathons are scheduled for February 6 and 27 and March 6. Please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/>  for the full performance calendar.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays:

Tuesday-Friday at 7PM

Saturday at 8PM

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM
  
THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.signaturetheatre.org <http://www.signaturetheatre.org/> or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).    

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The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 3: The Story of a Family begins performances tomorrow

HORTON FOOTE’S

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE

PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY

BEGINS PERFORMANCES
TOMORROW AT SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins performances tomorrow, Thursday, January 7 at Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The production will open on Tuesday, January 26. 

The world premiere production of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, a three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, is being co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work. 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE will play through March 28, 2010 at Signature Theatre Company.  Tickets are on sale through www.signaturetheatre.org and at the Signature box office. 

Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas and based partly on the childhood of Foote’s father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is a wide-ranging, intricate work that spans the lives of three families over three decades.  All actors in the production play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the various plays which comprise the Cycle.  

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE begins with a father’s death in a small Texas town at the turn of the century, a loss that sends his son, Horace Robedaux, on an odyssey through the darkest corners of the heart as he learns to become a husband, father and patriarch.

The ensemble of THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Devon Abner, Mike Boland, Pat Bowie, Leon Addison Brown, James DeMarse, Hallie Foote, Justin Fuller, Jasmine Amii Harrison, Bill Heck, Henry Hodges, Annalee Jefferies, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Gilbert Owour, Jenny Dare Paulin, Pamela Payton-Wright, Bryce Pinkham, Stephen Plunkett, Emily Robinson, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Dylan Riley Snyder and Charles Turner.

The design team for THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE includes Jeff Cowie and David M. Barber (Set Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Peter Pucci (Choreography), Ralph Zito (Voice/Dialect Coach), Mark Olsen (Fight Director), Jan Hartley (Projection Design) and Mark Adam Rampmeyer (Wig and Hair Design).

Each part of the three part cycle will be staged individually as well as in repertory and one-day marathons.   Audiences may choose to see the individual parts or the entire trilogy. 

Foote completed work on THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE prior to his death on March 4, 2009 at the age of 92. The cycle features nine plays that were originally written as full-length pieces.  Hartford Stage commissioned Foote in 2007 to adapt the plays in this new three-part form.

 

PART 1: THE STORY OF A CHILDHOOD begins at the turn of the 20th century and follows Horace Robedaux in his formative years.   Part 1 begins with the plays Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts and Lily Dale.

PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE focuses on the courtship years of Horace Robedaux and his search for a wife.  Part 2 consists of the plays The Widow Claire, Courtship and Valentine’s Day.

PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins with the turmoil of World War I and ends with the characters looking to the future of their family and land.  Part 3 is made up of the plays 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa

Four of the individual plays, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Cousins and Valentine’s Day, are being staged for the first time as part of the cycle.

Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1994-1995 season to Horton Foote, including the world premieres of The Young Man from Atlanta (for which Foote won the Pulitzer Prize) and Laura Dennis and the New York premieres of Night Seasons and Talking Pictures.  Signature also produced the world premiere of his The Last of the Thorntons in its 2000-2001 Season, as well as the award-winning production of The Trip to Bountiful in 2005 during the company’s 15th anniversary season. 

 

Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright.  Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process.  Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. 

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company.  Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company’s tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program.  The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents “signature,” or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. 

Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company’s twentieth anniversary season in 2011. The twentieth season will feature the work of Tony Kushner.  Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and twenty two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

TICKETS

Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($65) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20 for the individual performances of all three parts. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).  

The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc.  Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams. Support for Signature Theatre Company’s Horton Foote Legacy Season is provided by American Express, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels Foundation.

Tickets for all performances beginning March 9, 2010 are $65.

Parts 1 and 2 are now in performance. Part 3 begins performances January 7. Marathons are scheduled for February 6 and 27 and March 6. Please visit www.signaturetheatre.org for the full performance calendar.

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays:

Tuesday-Friday at 7PM

Saturday at 8PM

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2PM

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays at The Peter Norton Space located at 555 West 42nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues).  For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).   

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Critics rave for Horton Foote’s The Orphans’ Home Cycle

CRITICS RAVE FOR HORTON FOOTE’S

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE

PART 2 – THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE
AT SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY

 

 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE, the second part of the world premiere three part theatrical event by the Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award-winning playwright Horton Foote, opened last night at Signature Theatre Company at the Peter Norton Space, 555 West 42nd Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues – and the critics are cheering!   

 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE is co-produced by Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) and Hartford Stage (Michael Wilson, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director). Wilson directs a 22-member company in the historic, sweeping work. 

 

THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE plays through March 28, 2010 at Signature Theatre Company.  PART 3: THE STORY OF A FAMILY begins previews January 7 in advance of a January 26 opening. 

 

Here’s a sample of what the critics had to say about THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE, PART 2: THE STORY OF A MARRIAGE:

 

An Insignificant Riddle and the Other Women in an Orphan’s Life

The New York Times

By Ben Brantley

December 18, 2009

 

““Roberta!” the drunken man calls out in his sleep, his voice as lonely as a train whistle on a prairie. A little boy who overhears him thinks it sounds as if somebody were being murdered. But the man’s roommates in a small-town boarding house in Harrison, Tex., are more perplexed than alarmed. “Who’s Roberta?” they ask one another.

 

The answer (to be revealed at the end of this review) is inconsequential to the central story of the exquisite “Widow Claire,” the first of three short plays in the second part of Horton Foote’s ever more engrossing “Orphans’ Home Cycle” at the Peter Norton Space on West 42nd Street. The restless dreamer is a minor character, and I suppose you could say that his nightmare — if that’s what it is — is an exceedingly minor event in the so-far splendid production of nine interconnected dramas by Foote, from the Signature Theater Company and Hartford Stage. (The third installment of three plays opens next month, and will continue in repertory with the other two.)

 

But minor events set off major ripples in the minds of those watching “The Orphans’ Home” plays, which follow the deracinated life of Horace Robedaux, a character based on Foote’s father. Seemingly unimportant moments acquire talismanic significance when you look back, the way small details from your own past loom large and revealingly in memory.

 

“Roberta,” that repeated cry in the night out of nowhere, comes to feel like a theme song for “The Story of a Marriage,” the collective title for this trilogy about the mystery, salvation and randomness of love, which opened on Thursday night. (Besides “The Widow Claire,” the others are “Courtship” and “Valentine’s Day.”)

 

Horace, who was introduced as a boy in “The Story of a Childhood,” the cycle’s first chapter, is now a man (affectingly played by Bill Heck), possessed of a hungry ambition and an undermining passivity in equal measures. He is looking to recreate the home he lost — if he ever had it — when he was 12, the year his father died, and his mother moved out of Harrison with Horace’s sister, leaving the boy behind. Finding a home means finding a mate, a pursuit that gives shape to the “Marriage” plays, which cover five years of Horace’s life in Harrison, from 1912 to 1917.

 

Though these works present what is, on some levels, a conventional love story with a happy ending — inspired by the elopement of Foote’s parents — they never shake off the haunted chill that runs through all his work. For the characters created by Foote, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Young Man From Atlanta,” permanence in relationships is a pipe dream. And the folks, young and old, who inhabit the “Marriage” trilogy are forever asking, “What if,” in a fretful litany:

 

What if the person you love dies tomorrow? What if love fades or turns sour? What if you were never really in love at all?

 

Directed by Michael Wilson with assured understatement, and acted by a consistently convincing and versatile repertory cast, these plays flow with a sense of everyday life accelerated, moving by us in a blur of dramatic happenings lodged in the fine grit of the ordinary. The stories swapped here include tales of madness, alcoholism, suicide and deaths in childbirth.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/12/18/theater/reviews/18orphan.html

 

 

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 2: The Story of a Marriage

Wall Street Journal

By Terry Teachout

December 18, 2009

 

“The second part of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” Horton Foote’s family album of plays about a turn-of-the-century Texas family and its struggles with the coming of modernity, has just opened at Signature Theatre Company. It upholds the immeasurably bright promise of the first installment. Not since Tom Stoppard’s “The Coast of Utopia” has so self-evidently significant a large-scale theatrical endeavor come to New York.

 

Horton Foote died last March, immediately after putting the finishing touches on “The Orphans’ Home Cycle.” Could it be that he brought his long and illustrious career to a triumphant close by giving us the Great American Play? Come to Signature Theatre and see for yourself.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704869304574596302043091572.html

 

 

Give ‘Home Cycle’ a Spin

New York Post

By Elisabeth Vincentelli

December 18, 2009

 

“Horton Foote’s “Or phans’ Home Cycle” is an oxymoron: an intimate, sprawling piece. It’s made up of nine plays spread over 26 years, with a cast of characters hanging from extensive family trees, yet each show feels like the snug snapshot of a particular, small-scale moment.

 

It’s not a fanfare Foote has written for the common man, but a series of chamber pieces.

 

The cycle is such a vast undertaking that the Signature company is unveiling Michael Wilson’s production in successive installments of three plays each. The new one, “The Story of a Marriage,” follows last month’s “The Story of a Childhood,” with “The Story of a Family” due in January.

 

Rarely has everyday life been so modestly inspiring as it is in Foote’s hands. The worst part is that we have to wait another month to see how it all ends.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/reviews/give_home_cycle_spin_0Zu1gExD0dUsF253S6CwhI

 

 

Horton Foote epic gets exquisite treatment

Daily News

By Joe Dziemianowicz

December 18, 2009

 

“Five stars (out of five)

 

Based on size alone, “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” would qualify as the year’s big theater event.

This final work of Horton Foote, who died in March, is a three-part series whose running time adds up to a whopping nine hours.

 

But those are just numbers.

 

The real reason Foote’s drama is so big and important is because it’s so exquisitely realized — the writing, acting, direction and design.

 

So far, it’s a home run for its presenters, the Signature Theatre Company and Hartford Stage.”

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/12/18/2009-12-18_the_orphans_home_cycle_horton_footes_last_epic_gets_exquisite_treatment.html

 

 

Horace Robedaux journeys into adulthood, marriage

Associated Press

By Mike Kuchwara

December 18, 2009

 

“Horace Robedaux continues his journey into adulthood in Part 2 of “The Orphans’ Home Cycle,” Horton Foote’s masterful examination of one man’s life in small-town Texas in the first decades of the 20th century.

 

For those who are jumping in midstream, Horace has grown up. An unsettling childhood and the beginnings of maturity were the centerpiece of the cycle’s opening trio of plays. Now, in the middle section of Foote’s mammoth nine-play marathon, the man, portrayed with a touch of melancholy by Bill Heck, is searching for stability — and a wife.

 

Part 2, which the Signature Theatre Company opened Thursday at its Peter Norton Space, celebrates that quest, first with “The Widow Claire,” the title of the evening’s touching curtain-raiser. Heck projects a mournful rootlessness even as Horace courts this lonely young woman (Virginia Kull) who is faced with raising two children alone in rural Harrison, Texas.

 

Part 3, in which Horace moves into the role of family patriarch, opens Jan. 26. We can’t wait.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2009/12/17/entertainment/e151322S85.DTL

 

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 2: The saga continues

Time Out New York

By David Cote

December 18, 2009

 

“Five stars (out of five). 

 

In accordance with the Law of Trilogies (which I last invoked for The Coast of Utopia), the second part of Horton Foote’s immensely satisfying Orphans’ Home Cycle is fraught and full of darkness.

 

Director Michael Wilson works wonders with an adept 22-person ensemble. His actors achieve a fascinating blend of wistfulness and stoicism: Even the craziest and most inebriated characters in Harrison, Texas (the primary setting), avoid hammy excess in favor of poignant restraint and clarity. And while most of the tales’ ugliness and violence occurs offstage, there’s a palpable tension on the Signature’s intimate stage, as Horace and the others engage in a pitched moral battle between kindness and cruelty. We have to wait until the final chapter, in late January, to see who wins.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://newyork.timeout.com/articles/theater/81559/the-orphans-home-cycle-part-2-theater-review

 

 

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 2: The Story of a Marriage

Bergen Record

By Robert Feldberg

December 18, 2009

 

“The plays are superbly acted by a large cast, and have been directed by Michael Wilson with uncommon sensitivity.

 

The last part of the trilogy, “The Story of a Family,” will pick up Horace’s and Elizabeth’s lives a year later, in 1918. It’s something to be eagerly anticipated.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://www.northjersey.com/arts_entertainment/79593487.html

 

 

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part 2: The Story of a Marriage

Backstage

By Erik Haagensen

December 18, 2009

 

“As with Part One, three hours fly by as this utterly engaging and deeply compelling work unfolds. At the center is Bill Heck’s superb Horace. Graceful, handsome, impeccably mannered—it’s clear why the ladies take to him. But Heck never forgets Horace’s inner core of self-doubt, fueled in part by the pain of his mother’s neglect. Darkness is always simmering under the surface. Bring on Part Three.”

 

To read the complete review, click on the following link:

http://www.backstage.com/bso/reviews-ny-theatre/the-orphans-home-cycle-part-two-8212-the-1004054431.story

 

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