This spring TheatricalOutfit welcomes Dividing the Estate to the stage! Dividing the Estate is Theatrical Outfit’s third production shining the spotlight on the works of an American master, Horton Foote. Playwright Horton Foote, known as “the American Chekhov”, left his hometown of Wharton, Texas at age sixteen, during the peak of the depression, to pursue an acting career on stage. Instead he became one of the most accomplished and respected playwrights of the century. He won the Academy Award In 1962 for his screenplay adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and again in 1983 for best original screenplay of Tender Mercies. He received an Emmy in 1997 for best writing for a TV miniseries or special for Old Man, and a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1995 for The Young Man From Atlanta (Theatrical Outfit produced the Atlanta premiere in 2011). In addition, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts and the PEN American Center’s Master American Dramatist Award in 2000. He was honored with the William Inge Award for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre in 1989 and the Writer’s Guild of America’s Lifetime Achievement award in 1999. Perhaps his most notable success is that his work continues to touch our hearts as it has for those of generations past.
Set in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, on the Gordon family’s 100-year-old estate after the oil crisis and ensuing stock market crash of 1987, Dividing the Estate is a comic investigation into one family’s struggle of how to move into the future without destroying the past that binds them. The play will run from April 5 through April 20, with previews on April 2, 3 and 4. Tickets start at $20 and may be obtained by visiting www.theatricaloutfit.org, calling 877.725.8849 or at the box office located at 84 Luckie Street NW in downtown Atlanta.
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