Auditions: Monday and Tuesday, December 11 & 12, 2017, 7-9pm
Written by Horton Foote
Directed by Marilyn Gaylord
Stage Manager: Maybelle Steele
In Honor of Black History Month
This is the poignant story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, who longs to escape the cramped Houston apartment where she lives with her protective son, Ludie, and her authoritarian daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae. Carrie wants to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies.
While Ludie is at work one day and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the bus station and befriends a young woman named Thelma. The new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she begins to learn that her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.
She soon discovers that the friends of her youth have all died or scattered, and her home is no longer the spacious mansion of her memories, but a crumbling wreck. Nevertheless, she has the supreme satisfaction of plunging her hands into the earth, and this leaves her with a sense of strength, dignity, and peace of mind that gives her the courage to survive.
When her son and daughter-in-law appear on the scene to take her back to Houston, she consents to return quietly, secure in the knowledge that the remainder of her existence will be enriched as a result of her last contact with Bountiful.
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Jessie Mae Watts
Houston Ticket Man
Second Houston Ticket Man
Harrison Ticket Man