Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Company Honors Horton Foote

Some of the biggest names in film and theatre turned out to pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote at Signature Theatre Company's annual gala, which was held at the Ritz Carlton New York in Battery Park on Monday, March 13th.

Edward Albee, Matthew Broderick, Robert Duvall, Estelle Parsons and John Guare were among those who attended the event, which was held the day before Foote's 90th birthday. Former U.S. president Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton served as the honorary chairs of the evening. The gala also featured the inaugural presentation of the Signature Playwrights' Award to the Shubert Foundation for the organization's contributions to the American theatre.

Signature Theatre Company recently presented a critically-acclaimed revival of Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, starring Lois Smith and directed by Harris Yulin; it closed on March 11th. Foote, who was Signature's playwright-in-residence during its 1994-95 season, is an Academy Award-winner for his screenplay adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird and for his screenplay to Tender Mercies, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winner for The Young Man from Atlanta. His plays include The Last of the Thorntons, The Carpetbagger's Children, Lily Dale, The Widow Clare, Night Seasons, and The Day Emily Married. His The Traveling Lady will be presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre from March 1st through 19th.

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Photos by Marianne Szucs

Signature Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence John Guare and Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons

Old friends Matthew Broderick and Horton Foote

Horton Foote, who won an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, poses with Lee and the film's Boo Radley, Robert Duvall

Mystery guest Dame Edna surprises Horton Foote

Dame Edna reads a poem she wrote in honor of Horton Foote

Old friends Dame Edna and Horton Foote pose for a photo

Edward Albee toasts Horton Foote

Cecilia Jones, James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall

Horton Foote and Vicki Reiss, Executive Director of the Shubert Foundation, which received the inaugural Signature Theatre Company's Playwrights' Award

Horton Foote's children pay tribute to him at Signature Theatre Company's Gala.; from left, Hallie Foote, Walter Foote, Daisy Foote and Horton Foote, Jr.

James Earl Jones gives a toast in honor or Horton Foote

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