since i wrote about theatre yesterday…

i thought i would expand on it today.  by sharing with you my very favorite playwrite.


Horton Foote. (b. March 14, 1916)  perhaps best known for his screenplay for the 1962 film, To Kill a Mockingbird for which he received an Academy Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play, The Young Man From Atlanta.(Wikipedia)

to me Foote is the most famous person ever to come out of Wharton, TX(yes, more famous to me than Dan Rather).  he still lives there during the off-season. he also won the Academy award for Tender Mercies starring Robert Duvall. he lost the Tony to Albert Uhry. or he would have been the only playwrite to have won the Pulitzer, the Oscar and the Tony, instead Urhy beat him to that distinction although i believe The Young Man from Atlanta is a far better play than The Last Night of Ballyhoo.  i never got to meet him although we lived there for two years, although i know he lived right behind the First Baptist Church.  the local theatre company is named the Foote Lighters in his honor and many of his plays set in the fictional town of Harrison, TX are really about people in and around Wharton and Hungerford.

i first was entranced by Foote in high school when our One Act Play did “The Dancers”  a beautiful coming of age story about two outcasts who find one another in a small Texas town. i went on to direct this play two times at different schools  as David Mamet would say, there are no good actors, only good plays.  although his plays aren’t considered “deep” the are beautiful, sincere and authentic.  not just good plays.  great plays.

so thank you Horton Foote for enhancing my theatre experience. 


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