Theatre & Film

“Alley Theatre @ UH” Presents Horton Foote’s “The Old Friends”

Southwestern première of Texas playwright’s family saga on stage at UH.

Hallie Foote as Sybil and Betty Buckley at Gertrude in The Old Friends.
(L-R) Hallie Foote as Sybil and Betty Buckley at Gertrude in The Old Friends. Photo © 2013, Joan Marcus courtesy of Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre kicks off its “@ UH” season with a Horton Foote play that received its world première off-Broadway in 2013.

As the Alley Theatre describes it, “The Old Friends tells the story of matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas families who await a visit from Mamie’s son Hugo and his wife Sybil. When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations.”

Michael Wilson, who directed the world première, and several members of the original cast, including Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley and the playwright’s daughter Hallie Foote, are reprising their off-Broadway roles here in Houston.

Betty Buckley and Hallie Foote talk with Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn about the play and the beloved playwright.

The Old Friends, by Horton Foote, directed by Michael Wilson, runs through September 7, 2014, at the University of Houston’s Wortham Theatre.

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