One of America's preeminent dramatists, Horton Foote returns to the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, with two captivating plays about the bewildering and unsettling encroachment of change in the American south.
In a series of haunting dramatic monologues, The Carpetbagger's Children tells the story of the three daughters of Joseph Thompson, who struggle against the pressures of modern life to uphold their father's dying wish-that the estate he built in the years following the Civil War never be divided among his heirs. It is a timeless and elegiac portrayal of a once-vibrant family slowly disintegrating over time.
The Actor tells the hilarious and moving story of a young man, bitten by the acting bug, who'll make any sacrifice to keep his dream of a theatrical career from being crushed under the weight of his parents' expectations for him. It's a charming exploration of artistic ambition from one of modern theater's greatest artists.
"The Carpetbagger's Children smiles sweetly as it shares the emotional brutality of a family, and a nation, in transition A picture of America, the South and the change from rural life to the unrecognizable a devastating, sad beauty." Linda Winer, Newsday
"Few dramatists today can replicate this kind of storytelling with the gentle mastery that Mr. Foote provides both sentimental and ruthless, toting up the losses in one generation's life with warm compassion and a cold awareness that to live is ultimately to lose." Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Horton Foote's plays include The Young Man from Atlanta and The Trip to Bountiful, which he also adapted for the screen. He also wrote the screenplays for To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, for which he won Academy Awards. He is the recipient of numerous other awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, and an Outer Critics Circle Award, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.