Dividing the Estate is Theatrical Outfit’s third production shining the spotlight on the works of an American master, Horton Foote. 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, the play 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.
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.
About Theatrical Outfit
Vision: Creating compassion – one story at a time.
Mission: Starting the conversations that matter.
Founded in 1977, Theatrical Outfit is Atlanta’s second oldest professional theatre company, now housed permanently in the award-winningBalzer Theater at Herren’s, America’s first theater to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; and, the historical site of Herren’s, Atlanta’s first restaurant to voluntarily desegregate when owner Ed Negri invited Dr. Lee and Delores Shelton to dine in 1962. The Sheltons are now subscribers and donors to Theatrical Outfit. Since 1995, Executive Artistic Director, Tom Key has produced many of the premier authors of the American South, including Truman Capote, Horton Foote, Ernest Gaines, Harper Lee, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Walker Percy, Hank Williams, Tennessee Williams, as well as new authors Trey Ellis, Ricardo Khan, Janece Shaffer, Sherry Shephard-Massat, Thomas Ward and Elyzabeth Gregory-Wilder.
Cast and Creative Team (Theatrical Outfit credits)
Director: Tom Key* (The Chase, Godspell, Master Harold and the Boys)
Stella Gordon: Mary Lynn Owen* (It’s a Wonderful Life)
Doug: Rob Cleveland**: (The Green Book, Driving Miss Daisy)
Mary Jo: Tess Malis Kincaid* (Theatrical Outfit debut)
Lucille: Marianne Hammock (The Young Man from Atlanta)
Lewis: Bart Hansard** (Mortal Acts, Our Town)
Bob: Mark Kincaid* (The Chase, Confederacy of Dunces)
Son: Scott Warren* (Confederacy of Dunces, Keeping Watch)
Pauline: Elizabeth Wells Berkes (Summer and Smoke)
Emily: Caroline Freedlund** (The Gifts of the Magi)
Sissie: Jessica Miesel (Theatrical Outfit debut)
Mildred: S. Renee Clark* (Big River, Waiting to be Invited)
Irene: Maria Rodriguez-Sager** (Theatrical Outfit debut)
Cathleen: Danielle Deadwyler** (Theatrical Outfit debut)
Set Designers: Isabel and Moriah Curley-Clay* (Freud’s Last Session, Sunset Limited)
Costume Designer: Jonida Beqo** (Harabel, The Young Man from Atlanta)
Lighting Designer: Rob Dillard* (Fly (video), Brownie Points, The Immigrant)
Sound Designer: Jeff Millsaps (The Fabulous Lipitones)
*Suzi Bass Award winner
**Suzi Bass Award nominee