The Old Friends, a posthumous world premiere by playwright Horton Foote, begins performances on August 20 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Michael Wilson, the production stars Tony winner Betty Buckley and Tony nominees Lois Smith and Hallie Foote. Opening night is set for September 12 at the Irene Diamond Stage.
The drama tells the story of matriarch Mamie Borden (Smith) and the remaining members of two Texas farming families who are awaiting a visit from Mamie’s son Hugo and his wife Sybil (Foote). 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. In addition to Buckley (Gertrude Ratliff), Smith and Foote, The Old Friends stars Veanne Cox as Julia Price, Adam Lefevre as Albert Price, Sean Lyons as Tom Underwood, Novella Nelson as Hattie, Melle Powers as Catherine and Cotter Smith as Howard Ratliff.
The Old Friends includes set design by Jeff Cowie, costume design by David C. Woolard, lighting design by Rui Rita, sound design by John Gromada and wig and hair design by Paul Huntley.