The Orphans’ Home Cycle, a trilogy of nine one-act plays by Horton Foote, has extended by popular demand for the second time at Signature Theatre Company. All three parts will now play in repertory for an additional six weeks, through May 8. The extension includes the addition of two marathon performances in which the Cycle will be performed in a single day. A co-production of Signature and Hartford Stage, the off-Broadway production is directed by Michael Wilson.
Set in Foote’s fictitious town of Harrison, Texas, and based partly on the childhood of his father and the courtship and marriage of his parents, The Orphans’ Home Cycle spans the lives of three families over three decades. The 22 actors play multiple roles and several track their characters through time in the nine plays that comprise the Cycle: Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Courtship, Valentine’s Day, 1918, Cousins and The Death of Papa.
As previously announced, producer Daryl Roth is exploring options for transferring the Foote plays to Broadway in the 2010-2011 season.
The ensemble includes 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.