Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - November 11, 1999
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Staged reading of The Widow Claire by Horton Foote

WHAT: Staged reading of The Widow Claire by Horton Foote
WHEN: Wednesday, December 8, 8 p.m.
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."

The Widow Claire, the fourth play in the cycle finds the main character, Horace Robedaux, going off to business school hoping his love, Claire, will wait for his return. When Claire decides she cannot wait, Horace's search for a home and family of his own is once again thwarted.

Never before performed as a whole, the cycle is being produced as a series of staged readings, starring-among others-Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Shirley Knight (Broadway production of Foote's TheYoung Man From Atlanta), Dan Butler (Frasier), Hallie Foote (Foote's daughter and Obie Award-winner for Foote's The Roads Home), and Cameron Watson (Frasier), along with past and present Whittier College students.

This series 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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