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The Roads to Home

The Roads to Home
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Horton Foote
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 73
Pub. Date: 1982
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822209586
ISBN-13: 9780822209584

About the Play:

Spring Dance has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues.

The Roads to Home is a full-length drama by Horton Foote. This trilogy of evocative and beautifully written independent one-acts with overlapping characters blends humour and poignance as they probe gently into the crises besetting a group of Texas friends and neighbours.

In the first play, A Nightingale, Mabel and Vonnie, two Houston neighbours and best friends, both refugees from small Texas towns, are forbearing and patient about the protracted and uninvited visits of Annie Long, a girlhood acquaintance of Mabel's whose inability to cope with the murder of her banker father causes her to slip inexorably into insanity. As uncomfortable as Annie makes them, Mabel and Vonnie are more concerned with silencing her vivid recounting of old scandals and the pain they caused. (Cast: 3 female, 1 male)

In the second play, The Dearest of Friends, it is several months later, and Vonnie is facing the crisis of a husband who is involved with another woman and who wants a divorce. Mabel and her husband, Jack, are sympathetic to Vonnie's plight but, again, cannot bring themselves to face its disturbing implications. (Cast: 2 female, 2 male)

In the third play, Spring Dance, several years have passed, and Annie is now confined to an upscale asylum. She and her fellow patients are scrupulously polite and considerate of each other and, obviously, totally divorced from reality. The asylum culture reflects the larger culture – but here the isolation is total and sadly irreversible. (Cast: 1 female, 3 male)

The Roads to Home premiered in 1982 at Manhattan's Punch Line Theatre off-off-Broadway in New York City. Its West Coast premiere was in 2002 at Lost Studio in Hollywood. The play enjoyed an exquisite revival by off-Broadway's Primary Stages in 2016 and has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops.

What people say:

"…A loving, fierce portrait of a sweet-tempered brutal culture…a society built on kindness and discretion, with no system for dealing with less well-behaved feelings – like terror, anguish, and passion." — Village Voice

"…A literate, touching play." — The New York Times

"Foote reaffirms his abiding gentleness with tender people caught in tough situations…this HOME is a lovely place to visit." — New York Post

About the Playwright:

Horton Foote (1916-2009) was a prolific American playwright and screenwriter with an ear for the resilient spirit of daily life in the small-town southern US states. Known as a writer's writer, he switched readily from the stage to television and film. He received Academy Awards for his screenplay adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird and his original screenplay Tender Mercies. During the Golden Age of television, he authored numerous notable live television dramas. For his 1997 television adaptation of William Faulkner's "Old Man," he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing of a Miniseries. He received the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and his first Tony nomination for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta.