Tony nominee Veanne Cox, Adam LeFevre and more will be part of the posthumous world premiere of Horton Foote’s The Old Friends, starring the previously announced Betty Buckley, Lois Smith and Hallie Foote. The Old Friends begins previews August 20 at off-Broadway’s Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for September 12. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production is slated to play a limited engagement through September 29.
The Old Friends will star Buckley as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff, Cox as Julia Price, LeFevre as Albert Price, Foote as Sibyl Borden, Sean Lyons (The Best Man) as Tom Underwood, Novella Nelson (Purlie) as Hattie, Melle Powers (Chapelle’s Show) as Catherine, Cotter Smith (Next Fall) as Howard Ratliff and Smith as Mamie Borden.
Foote’s drama follows matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families awaiting 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.
Cox garnered a Tony nomination for Company. Her additional Broadway credits include A Free Man of Color, La Cage aux Folles, Caroline, or Change, The Dinner Party and Smile. Her film and TV credits include One Life to Live, You’ve Got Mail, Two Weeks Notice and Cinderella. LeFevre’s Broadway credits include Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Guys and Dolls, Mamma Mia!, Footloose, Summer and Smoke, Our Country’s Good and The Devil’s Disciple. LeFevre’s film and TV credits include The Lucky One, Hitch, She’s Out of My League and Law & Order.