Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - January 5, 2000
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Staged reading of Horton Foote's play, "Courtship"

WHAT: Staged reading of Horton Foote's play, "Courtship"

WHEN: Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College
13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier

COST: $10

ADD: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote is best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplays, To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. Foote's most monumental work, however, is little known to most audiences: The Orphans' Home Cycle is an epic, nine play saga which Foote calls "a moral and social history of a particular time and place."

"Courtship," is the fifth and central play of the cycle--not only in placement but also by virtue of the fact that the main character, Horace Robedaux, meets Elizabeth, the force that turns his life around. His love for her, as well as her love for him, allows Horace to let go of the pain and bitterness that have followed him through the early part of his life (the previous four plays).

Never before performed as a whole, The Orphans' Home Cycle is being produced as a series of staged readings starring a number of famed television and stage personalities which change with each reading. "Courtship" will feature--among others--Peri Gilpin (a regular on Frasier) as Elizabeth, Cameron Watson (guest on Frasier) as Horace, Amy Landers (semi-regular on Frasier) and Bill Hunt (a guest on Frasier).

The Orphans'Home Cycle will culminate in the summer of 2000 with a world-premiere production of Foote's "The Day Emily Married."

INFORMATION: (562) 907-4203

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