Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Pasadena Playhouse mourns the loss of a beloved artist and friend.

The staff of the Playhouse was saddened to hear that Horton Foote; one of America's great playwrights, a Pasadena Playhouse alum, and an enormous supporter of our theatre; has passed away. He was 92.

From Artistic Director, Sheldon Epps:

"All of us at Pasadena Playhouse deeply mourn the loss of Horton Foote, a true American playwright. Mr. Foote has acknowledged many times that his days here as a student at the Playhouse theatre school were enriching, inspiring, and a source of great happiness for him. This theatre is fortunate to have had a connection with this true gentleman of the theatre, and we celebrate the joyous fact that his huge body of work will remain with us and alive on our theatre’s stages well into the future.”

Several of Mr. Foote's plays have been produced at the Playhouse including Only the Heart (1944), The Chase (1959), A Trip to Bountiful (1962) and The Traveling Lady (1964). Mr. Foote is the author of 60 plays and received the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1995 for The Young Man From Atlanta.

The New York Times had this to say about Mr. Foote and his work:

"A sense of existential isolation pervades the generations-spanning nine plays that make up The Orphan's Home Cycle, as well as his individual works... His plays are quiet, artful balances of everyday minutiae and an aching cosmic loneliness. Mr. Foote, whose career in the theater encompassed more than six decades, also wrote numerous screenplays. He received Academy Awards for his adaptation of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and his original screenplay, Tender Mercies. -- Ben Brantley

To read the complete New York Times article, click here.

Pictured above, Horton Foote. Courtesy of WGA. org.

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