April 23, 2013
Set in Texas, The Trip to Bountiful tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her small hometown of Bountiful for one last visit—even though her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law disapprove.
The Trip to Bountiful is based on Foote’s 1953 teleplay of the same name, starring Lillian Gish, John Beale and Eileen Heckart.
The Trip to Bountiful originally premiered on November 3, 1953, at Broadway’s Henry Miller Theatre, starring Lillian Gish, Gene Lyons and Eva Marie Saint. A notable 2005 off-Broadway production starred Lois Smith and Foote's daughter Hallie and son-in-law Devon Abner.
Nelle Nugent, Kevin Liles, Paula Marie Black, David R. Weinreb, Stephen Byrd, Alia M. Jones, Kenneth Teaton, Carole L. Haber, Philip Geier, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg, Ricardo Hornos, Fifty Church Street Productions, Hallie Foote, Tyson and Kimberly Chandler. Produced in association with Joseph Sirola, Howard and Janet Kagan, Charles Salameno, Sharon A. Carr, Patricia R. Klausner, Raymond Gaspard, Andréa M. Price, Willette Murphy Klausner and Reginald M. Browne.
—Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
—Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
—Drama League nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play
Sixty years after its original premiere, The Trip to Bountiful has returned to the newly renovated Stephen Sondheim Theatre—originally known as the Henry Miller Theatre.