THE ROADS TO HOME, Starring Devon Abner, Hallie Foote, Harriet Harris & More, Begins Tonight at Primary Stages

Primary Stages, in association with Catherine Adler and Jamie deRoy presents the first show of the 2016/17 season, THE ROADS TO HOME, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote (Harrison, TX).

Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful), THE ROADS TO HOME begins performances tonight, September 14, 2016, officially opens Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and runs through Sunday, November 6, 2016, at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014).

Joining Drama Desk Award winner Devon Abner (The Orphans' Home Cycle, The Trip of Bountiful) and Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner HAllie Foote (Dividing the Estate; Harrison, TX) will be Dan Bittner ("The Leftovers", The Vertical Hour), Lortel Award nominee Rebecca Brooksher (Dying City, "The Good Wife"), Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, "Frasier"), and Matt Sullivan (Standing on Ceremony, Macbeth).

THE ROADS TO HOME features scenic design by Jeff Cowie, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by David Lander, original music and sound design by John Gromada, and casting byStephanie Klapper Casting.


Devon Abner has been directed by his favorite writer in Horton Foote's 1918, Night Seasons, and the 1992 The Roads to Home, and by his favorite actor in Robert Duvall's Wild Horses. Some NY plays: 4 roles in The Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk award), The Trip to Bountiful (Drama Desk nom.) with Lois Smith, and on Broadway with Cicely Tyson. Dividing the Estate on Broadway and at Primary Stages,as well as 2 roles in Harrison, TX. He was in 4 episodes of "The Office."

Dan Bittner Broadway: The Vertical Hour. Off-Broadway: Farragut North (Atlantic Theatre Co.), The House in Town (Lincoln Center). TV/Film: Marshall, Hunter & Game, Wolf of Wall Street, All That I Am, That Awkward Moment, Adventureland, "The Leftovers," "BrainDead," "The Good Wife," "Believe," "Person of Interest," "Elementary," "Bored to Death," "Law & Order," & "Wallykazam."

Rebecca Brooksher New York credits include: The Real Thing (Roundabout), Loot (Red Bull), Dying City (Lincoln Center, Lortel nomination Best Actress), Love's Labor's Lost (The Public Theater), The Scariest (Bleeker Street), White People (Atlantic Stage 2). Recent regional credits include: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Anna Christie (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Golden Age (The Kennedy Center), She Stoops to Conquer and Twelfth Night (McCarter Theatre), Monster at the Door (The Alley), Romeo and Juliet(Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), and All My Sons (Barrington Stage). TV: "Elementary," "Love Monkey," "Ugly Betty," "The Confession;" recurring on "Happyish," "The Good Wife," "Canterbury's Law," "One Life to Live." Film: Cold Souls, The Muse, CUBBY. Juilliard graduate (Group 34).

HAllie Foote returns to Primary Stages where she appeared in Daisy Foote's When They Speak of Rita and Him, and her father's The Day Emily Married; Harrison, TX; and Dividing the Estate, for which she received the Richard Seff Award and a Tony Award nomination. Her close collaboration with her father began in 1986 when she performed the title role in The Widow Claire. Other celebratedproductions include The Roads to Home (Obie Award); Signature's 94-95 Horton Foote season: Talking Pictures, Night Seasons, and Laura Dennis (Drama Desk Award); The Last of the Thorntons (Drama League Award); The Carpetbagger's Children (Drama League Award); The Trip to Bountiful (Lucille Lortel Award); and The Orphan's Home Cycle (Drama Desk Award).

Harriet Harris Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Present Laughter, Cry Baby: The Musical, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Featured Actress in a Musical), The Man Who Came to Dinner. Encores: Little Me. Off-Broadway: Standing on Ceremony; Yeast Nation; Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination); Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). San Francisco Opera: Show Boat. Film: Love Is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: "Desperate Housewives," "Frasier."

Matt Sullivan The Minetta Lane Theatre: Standing on Ceremony. New York Shakespeare Festival:Macbeth, Coriolanus. The Guthrie Theater: Hay Fever. Four seasons with The Acting Company including:Richard III, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Ten by Tennessee, Macbeth. Seven seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey including: Tovarich, I Capture the Castle, Noises Off, The Devil's Disciple, King Lear, Playboy of the Western World, Henry VIII. National Actors Theater: The School for Scandal. The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, D.C.: All's Well that Ends Well, As You Like It. Studio Arena Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Hartford Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Dallas Theater Center. The Juilliard School.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater company dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and sharing the art of playwriting. We operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the artistic support needed to create new work. Since our founding in 1984, we have produced more than 125 new plays, including Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment (1995 premiere and 2013 revival); David Ives' Lives of the Saints andAll in the Timing (original 1993 production and 2013 revival); Billy Porter's While I Yet Live; Kate Fodor's Rx; Charles Busch's The Tribute Artist and Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney's Black Tie; Horton Foote's Harrison, TX and Dividing the Estate (Two 2009 Tony Award® nominations); Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior; Deborah Zoe Laufer's Informed Consent; Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams and The Stendhal Syndrome; Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter's In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); and Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright's U.S. debut). Our productions and artists have received critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, Lortel, AUDELCO, Outer Critics' Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards and nominations. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, and our education and training programs: The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA), the Fordham/Primary Stages MFA in Playwriting, and the newly launched Primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral History Project. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important-and often transformative- connections within the theater community.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride


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