With this production of The Roads to Home we celebrate Horton Foote’s centennial. Horton was a major American dramatist and Primary Stages had the great fortune of working directly with him on his plays Dividing the Estate (which we moved with Lincoln Center Theatre to Broadway) and The Day Emily Married. Horton also directed When They Speak of Rita by Daisy Foote for us and we produced his Harrison, TX, directed by Pam McKinnon, in 2012.
Horton was instrumental in fostering a sense home at Primary. He created work that
chronicled the American home, shared his actual family with us, and employed his
infectious charm and generosity wherever he went. When he was with us, he attended
almost every performance, always sitting in the same seat. At intermission, audience
members would line up to share a word with him, often extending the break, much to the
chagrin of our house manager, but to the delight of Horton and everyone else in the room.
Although Horton is no longer with us, the feeling of home he created lives on, through
his plays, his family, and of course you, the audiences who so love and support his
work. Horton’s plays are the gold standard of what American playwriting can be and we
are honored to be an enduring home for Horton’s plays, family, and legacy. As Horton’s
characters discover, home can be a place, a memory, a longing, a person, a family, or
even an idea. In the theater, we are lucky. We get to create homes of people, of stories,
and of places we love on stage night after night, season after season. We thank you,
our adventuresome audience, for sharing our enthusiasm for new American plays and
playwrights and for being part of the Primary family.
The Primary Stages production of The Roads to Home runs September 14- November 27, 2016 at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Visit the Primary Stages website for tickets and more info.