Houdyshell, Foote Set for Primary Stages' 'HARRISON, TX', Now thru 9/15

Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Elliot Fox, Managing Director) launches its 28th season tonight, July 24 when HARRISON, TX: THREE PLAYS BY Horton Foote begins performances.

Tony Award nominees Hallie Foote (Dividing the Estate, The Orphans’ Home Cycle) and Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Well) will head up an ensemble featuring Devon Abner (Dividing the Estate, The Orphans’ Home Cycle), Mary Bacon (Motherhood Out Loud, Happy Now?) Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?, Shipwrecked!...), Alexander Cendese (Psycho Therapy, A View From the Bridge), Andrea Lynn Green (Giant, Anne and Emmett), Evan Jonigkeit (High, History Boys at Arden Theatre Company), and Jenny Dare Paulin (Dividing the Estate, The Orphans’ Home Cycle). Helmed by Tony Award nominated director Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, A Lifetime Burning at Primary Stages), Harrison,TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote runs through September 15 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. Opening night is Tuesday, August 14.

In Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize winner explores the humor, darkness, and romance of the people of the titular town in three works: Blind Date, The One-Armed Man, and The Midnight Caller.

Harrison, TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote features a scenic design by Marion Williams, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, and original music and sound design by Broken Chord.

LISTINGS INFORMATION: Harrison,TX: Three Plays by Horton Foote plays a limited engagement July 24 – September 15 at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street). Opening night is Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm. Performances are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:00pm, Friday at 8:00pm, Saturday at 2:00pm & 8:00pm, with Sunday matinees at 3:00pm on July 29, August 5, 12, 19 & 26 and Sunday evening at 7:00pm on September 2 & 9. There will be a special matinee on Wednesday on August 22 at 2:00pm. Single tickets are priced at $70 for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, online at www.primarystages.org, or in person at the 59E59 Theaters Box Office. Group Tickets (10+) are $39 each for performances 7/24 – 8/5, $49 each for all performances after August 7, and are available by calling (212) 840-9705, ext. 204. Please visit the website at www.primarystages.org, or call (212) 840-9705 for additional information.

4-play subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2012/2013 season range from $132-$172 and can be purchased via TicketCentral.com or by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200. For additional information about Primary Stages, please visit the website at www.primarystages.org.


Hallie Foote. Received a 2009 Tony Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her performance of Mary Jo in the Broadway premiere of Dividing the Estate. She also played Mary Jo in the play’s New York Off-Broadway premiere at Primary Stages in 2007. Known as the one of the foremost interpreters of her father’s work, she has received numerous awards for her performances, including Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Richard Seff Awards. The daughter of Lillian Vallish Foote and Horton Foote, she began her stage career in 1986 in the title role of her father’s play The Widow Claire at Circle in the Square Theatre. She and her father collaborated on multiple productions including The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theater); The Last of the Thorntons, Talking Pictures, Night Seasons, Laura Dennis, and The Trip to Bountiful (Signature Theatre Company); When They Speak of Rita and The Day Emily Married (Primary Stages), among many others. In 2009 - 2010, she appeared in the critically-acclaimEd Hartford Stage and Signature Theatre co-production of her father, Horton Foote’s, three part nine hour epic masterwork, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, which won Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lortel and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards. Her other regional credits include The Death of Papa (PlayMakers Repertory Company), The Carpetbagger’s Children (Guthrie Theatre) and God’s Pictures (Indiana Repertory Theatre). Her selected film credits include 1918, On Valentine’s Day, Courtship, Walking to the Waterline and Paranormal Activity 3 and she was the producer of Lily Dale on Showtime and HallMark Hall of Fame.

Jayne Houdyshell. Broadway: Follies (Tony Award nomination), The Importance Of Being Earnest, Bye Bye Birdie, Wicked, Well (Tony nomination, Theater World Award). Off-Broadway: The Language Archive (Roumdabout),Coraline, MCC (Lortel and Drama Desk nominations); The New Century, LCT; The Receptionist (MTC, Lortel Nomination),The Pain & The Itch, Playwrights Horizons; Well, Public Theater (Obie Award). Fighting Words (Underwood), True Love (Zipper Theater), Attempts on Her Life (Soho Rep). Film: Morning Glory, The Bounty, Everybody’s Fine, Garden State, Changing Lanes, Trust The Man. Television: Conviction, Law & Order, Third Watch.

Devon Abner. Semi-recent NY plays include: Dividing the Estate at Primary Stages and on Broadway as Son (the sane one); The Orphans’ Home Cycle at Signature Theatre as Pete (the bully step-father), Little Bobby (the un-Keely curable boozehound and gambler), Roger (who preferred the dark meat) and John (the mensch who died before he could help Horace); and The Trip to Bountiful at Signature as Ludie. TV credits include 2 episodes of “The Office” and Horton Foote’s “Alone”.

Mary Bacon. Broadway: Rock ’N’ Roll, Arcadia. New York Theatre: Motherhood Out Loud, Happy Now? (Primary Stages), Becky Shaw (Second Stage), Eccentricities of A Nightingale (TACT/Clurman) Regional: Giant (Dallas Theatre Center), Crimes of the Heart (McCarter Theatre), Children (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Bald Soprano (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Twelfth Night (Dallas Theatre Center), Misalliance (Old Globe), Hazard County, (Humana Festival), Don Juan (Seattle Rep/McCarter Theatre) The Triumph of Love (Seattle Rep/Long Wharf). TV/Film: MildrEd Pierce, The Good Wife, Law & Order: SVU, Alexander Hamilton, Law & Order: CI, Johnny Zero, Law & Order. BFA: Carnegie Mellon University

Jeremy Bobb. Broadway: Is He Dead, Translations. Off-Broadway: Richard III (The Bridge Project, BAM/Old Vic), Cactus Flower; Shipwrecked…! (Primary Stages), Finian’s Rainbow (Encores!), Beast (NYTW). Tour: The Laramie Plays (Tectonic Theatre Project). Regional: John Guare's Are You There McPhee? at The McCarter, The Wilma (2010 Barrymore-Best Actor-Becky Shaw), Barrington Stage, Weston Playhouse, Theatreworks (CA), The Hangar, The O'Neill. Film/TV: You Don’t Know Jack, Boy Wonder, August, White Lies Black Sheep, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order SVU”, “All My Children”.

Alexander Cendese. Broadway: A View From the Bridge; NY: Psycho Therapy, Cherry Lane; Regional: Hartford Stage Company; Barrington Stage Company; TV: “L&O”, “L&O: SVU” (NBC); “Body of Proof” (ABC); “OLTL” (ABC); “All My Children”; “Gamekillers” (MTV); “The Bedford Diaries” (CW); Film: Catskill Park; Blumenthal; Shockwave, Darkside; Greetings from the Shore; GArden Party; You Belong to Me; Feeling Tall; Torte Bluma; V.G.: BULLY(Rockstar.) Alexander has lent his voice to several audio books. BFA: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.

ANDREA LYNN GREEN. Regional: Lil’ Luz in Giant (Dallas Theater Center), Anne Frank in Anne and Emmett (Atlas Performing Arts Center/Ford’s Theater), Lucy in Lucy (Delaware Theatre Company), and
Honoria in Rocket Science (Playwrights Horizons). Andrea graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a B.A. in Theatre Arts Performance.

Evan Jonigkeit. Broadway/National tour “High” in Romeo and Juliet, The History Boys (Arden Theatre Company); Never the Sinner, Misanthrope (Mauckingbird Theatre Company); A Streetcar Named Desire, Natural History (Walnut Street Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, Rose Tattoo and the east coast premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Tibet Through the Red Box (Cape Rep Theatre); world premiere of Pay Up (Pig Iron Theatre Company). Film and television: “As the World Turns”, Fox Television’s “Greatest Sport Stories” and numerous commercials and independent films. Graduate of Temple University.

Jenny Dare Paulin. Primary Stages: Dividing the Estate. Broadway: Dividing the Estate (LCT/Primary Stages). Off Broadway: The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Signature Theater). Regional: The Foreigner (John Engeman Theater, Long Island), The Roads to Home (2nd Story Theater), The Trip to Bountiful (Actors Theatre of SF), Angel Feathers (Lost Theater). TV: “Beyond the Prairie” (CBS miniseries), “Promised Land”, “Dawson’s Creek”. Film: Double Born, Infection, Cool Air, Bulletface, Future Weather and Young Adult.
Pam MacKinnon (Director) is a Tony Award nominee for Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park (Broadway, Playwrights Horizons, Taper) as well as an Obie and Lilly Award recipient. Other recent credits include: Itamar Moses' Completeness (Playwrights Horizons, SCR), The Four of Us (MTC, Old Globe) and Bach at Leipzig (NYTW); David Weiner's Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen); Rachel Axler's Smudge (WPP); Cusi Cram's A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages). She is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed Peter and Jerry (Second Stage, Hartford); Occupant (Signature); A Delicate Balance (Arena); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Alley, Vienna); The Play About the Baby (Philadelphia, Goodman); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf, Arena, upcoming Broadway). She is a Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors' Lab alumna and board president of the downtown company Clubbed Thumb, dedicated to new American plays.

Horton Foote (Playwright) had his first play, Texas Town, produced Off-Broadway in 1941. Since then he has had plays produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, at many regional theatres and internationally. His plays, Dividing the Estate and The Day Emily Married had their New York Premieres at Primary Stages. Other plays include, The Last of the Thorntons, The Young Man From Atlanta, The Chase, The Traveling Lady, The Trip to Bountiful, Night Seasons, Tomorrow, The Habitation of Dragons, The Orphan's Home Cycle, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Courtship, Laura Dennis, Vernon Early, The Roads to Home, and The Carpetbagger's Children. He received Academy Awards for his screenplay adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and his original screenplay, Tender Mercies. His screenplay of The Trip to Bountiful was nominated for an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway and the Outer Critics Circle Special Achievement Award for the Signature Series of his plays. In 1996 he was elected to the Theatre Hall of Fame. In 1998 he was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and at the same time received from the Academy the Gold Medal of Drama for the entire body of his work. In 2000 he received the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama, New York State Governor's Arts Award and in December of that year he was given the National Medal of Arts Award by President Clinton. In 2006 his play, The Trip to Bountiful, won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Revival and he was given the Drama Desk Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work. In 2009 – 2010, his epic masterwork, The Orphans’ Home Cycle was co-produced by Hartford Stage Company and Signature Theatre Company and received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award. His memoirs, Farewell and Beginnings, are published by Scribners.

Primary Stages is an Off-Broadway 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 by Casey Childs, we have produced more than 110 new plays, including Kate Fodor’s Rx, Charles Busch’s Olive and the Bitter Herbs; A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie; Horton Foote’s Dividing the Estate (Two Tony Award® nominations); Brooke Berman’s Hunting and Gathering; Terrence McNally’s Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams (starring Nathan Lane and Marian Seldes) and The Stendhal Syndrome (featuring Isabella Rossellini and Richard Thomas); Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter’s In the Continuum (which went on to tour the U.S., Africa, and Scotland); David Ives’ All in the Timing; and Conor McPherson’s St. Nicholas (which marked the playwright’s U.S. debut). Primary Stages work has been honored with numerous Tony, Lortel, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Drama Desk awards and nominations including a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. Primary Stages supports playwrights and develops new works through commissions, workshops, readings, The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the Marvin and Anne Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). ESPA is a leader in performing arts education through excellence in training, collaboration, and networking opportunities, and a strong professional community of artists. Through these programs, Primary Stages advocates for our artists, helping them make important—and often transformative—connections within the theater community.

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