Well, we are right smack dab in the middle of a rare Friday afternoon taping of Think this afternoon. But now comes word of next year’s grand effort to celebrate the work of Texas playwright Horton Foote. Here’s the release. More very soon….
Dallas-Fort Worth theaters and cultural institutions announce
metroplex-wide celebration of Horton Foote
DALLAS (March 26, 2010) – Dallas-Fort Worth arts organizations and cultural institutions are uniting to produce the metroplex-wide Foote Festival (www.footefestival.com) March 14 – May 1, 2011, to celebrate the life and work of the late award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote (March 14, 1916 – March 4, 2009).
“Horton Foote is widely considered to be one of the most influential American playwrights, and the most influential Texas playwright. When he died last year, theater artists and scholars across the nation began to reexamine and celebrate his immense body of work,” says Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director of Dallas Theater Center. “It would be impossible for any one theater company or arts organization to produce a comprehensive look at the significant contributions Horton Foote made to American theater, film and television throughout much of the 20th century, but by bringing together Dallas and Fort Worth’s leading theater companies and arts organization in an unprecedented community-wide collaboration, we can celebrate his legacy and introduce audiences throughout the Metroplex to his unique voice.”
Organizations and institutions participating in the Foote Festival include: Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Circle Theater, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Dallas Film Society, Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theater, Stage West, Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library, Theatre Three, Uptown Players, WaterTower Theater, and WingSpan Theatre Company and 1:30 Productions, with more participants expected to join the festival in the future.
Foote, born in Wharton, Texas, was a prolific playwright whose plays, among the 60-plus he wrote, included Dividing the Estate, The Trip to Bountiful, the three-part Orphans’ Home Cycle, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta. His work has been nominated for numerous awards, including Emmy Awards, Tony Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards. Foote’s Academy Award-winning screenplay adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is perhaps his most well-known recognition.
Individual organizations will make known full details of their participation in next year’s Foote Festival as they announce their seasons and programming for 2011. Information about the Foote Festival as it develops can be found at www.footefestival.com.
KERA and Art&Seek are the media sponsors for the 2011 Foote Festival.
For immediate inquiries, please contact Jacob Cigainero at [email protected] or 214.252.3923.
ABOUT FOOTE FESTIVAL
Foote Festival is an unprecedented community-wide collaboration of Dallas-Fort Worth theaters, arts organizations and academic institutions scheduled for March 14 – May 1, 2011, to honor and celebrate the life and work of award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote. For more information, visit www.footefestival.com