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Signature's Betty Buckley-Led THE OLD FRIENDS Extends Through 10/6

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Signature Theatre is pleased to announce a one-week extension for the World Premiere of Horton Foote's THE OLD FRIENDS,directed by Michael Wilson. The production will now play through Sunday, October 6. Now in previews, THE OLD FRIENDS will open September 12 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9thand 10th Avenues). Limited $25 subsidized tickets remain for the production's initial run. Tickets during the extension week are $75 each.

The cast includes Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley (Sunset Boulevard, Cats) as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff, Tony Award-nominee Veanne Cox (A Free Man of Color, La Cage aux Folles) as Julia Price, Tony Award-nominee Hallie Foote (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate) as Sibyl Borden, Adam LeFevre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Albert Price, Sean Lyons (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) as Tom Underwood, Novella Nelson (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Purlie) as Hattie, Melle Powers ("Chappelle's Show") as Catherine, Cotter Smith (Next Fall) as Howard Ratliff and Tony Award-nominee Lois Smith (Heartless, The Trip to Bountiful) as Mamie Borden.

In this World Premiere play by Signature Legacy Playwright Horton Foote, matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil. When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations. Helmed by Michael Wilson, director of Signature's acclaimed 2009 production of The Orphans' Home Cycleand the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful, THE OLD FRIENDS is an absorbing and vital chapter in Foote's beloved, distinctly American body of work.

The design team includes Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig & Hair Design), Mark Olsen (Fight Director), Gillian Lane-Plescia(Dialect Coach), Peter Pucci (Choreographer). Casting by Telsey + Company, William Cantler CSA. Cole P. Bonenberger is Production Stage Manager.

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org.


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