Monday, March 14, 2011

The Man from Atlanta

Uptown Players begins its second full season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater with the regional premiere of The Young Man From Atlanta by the late legendary Texas playwright, Horton Foote, running April 1 – 17, 2011. Dallas-Fort Worth area arts organizations are coming together for a two month-long celebration of the late legendary Texas playwright Horton Foote.

Foote is, without question, one of the most significant American playwrights of the 20th century, and holds a unique place in the pantheon of great Texas theater artists. His plays are all set in the State of Texas, and are deeply saturated with Texas social life and culture.

Foote's Pulitzer prize-winning play, The Young Man From Atlanta, is about a middle-aged couple whose rags-to-riches American Dream suddenly turns into a nightmare. Will Kidder has just moved into his new $200,000 home when he is let go by the company for whom he has worked for nearly 40 years.

He decides to start his own business and hopes to use the money he gave his wife and his late son, who committed suicide. But, Will soon learns that both wife and son gave all their money to Bill's roommate, a young man from Atlanta, and Will is left to face a troubled and uncertain future. The Kidders' painful but often funny story won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The cast includes Blake Blair, Amanda Denton, Gordon Fox, Stan Graner, Tippi Hunter, Kevin Moore, T.A.Taylor, Lucia Welch, and Yolanda Williams. The production is under the direction of Marianne Galloway.

The production runs April 1 through April 17, 2011 with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There is no performance on April 3, and there is an added performance at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. Performances take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd (entrance off Blackburn), Dallas, TX 75219. Tickets are $25-35 and can be purchased online at or by phone at (214) 219-2718.

About Uptown Players
Now entering its tenth season, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following with an annual audience base of more than 14,000 patrons, including nearly 1,000 season subscribers. Uptown Players has been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers Awards for the past four years and by the Dallas Observer in 2004, 2005 and 2009. Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.

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