Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - October 29, 1999
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Reading of "Lily Dale," a play by Horton Foote

WHAT: Reading of "Lily Dale," a play by Horton Foote

WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 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. However, Foote's most monumental work 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," spanning almost 30 years.

"Lily Dale," the third in the series of nine plays to be read by professional actors, finds Horace Robedaux-the main character in the play-suffering a nervous breakdown after being rejected for the second time by his mother and sister.

Never before performed as a whole, the cycle is being produced as a series of staged readings, featuring such notable names as Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Shirley Knight (Broadway production of Foote's The Young 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), among others.

"Lily Dale" will be followed by 6 more plays, starting in December. The 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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