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The Day Emily Married by Horton Foote

$20.00

08/29/2021

A woman’s struggle with family and love to find herself in small town Texas in the 1950s

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Event Details

Date: 08/29/2021

Start time: 20:00

End time: 16:00

Venue: Quotidian Theatre at The Writer's Center

Address: 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD, 20815

Description

Horton Foote’s “The Day Emily Married” – August 6 – 29, 2021
Directed by Jack Sbarbori

Set in 1950’s Harrison, Texas. Emily Davis is about to be married and she is determined not to let her parents talk her and her new husband, the strappingly ambitious Richard Murray, into living with them. But Emily’s mother, Lyd, an expert in emotional blackmail, will not be deterred from getting her own way. Per New York Times Ben Brantley’s 2004 review, “If Harrison’s stories of wrecked marriages, closet vices and family feuds give it a surface resemblance to ‘Peyton Place’, it also has a fair amount in common with the blasted heath of ‘King Lear’ and the arid fields of Samuel Beckett’s tramps. The author of the resonantly named ‘Orphans’ Home Cycle’ of plays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Young Man From Atlanta,’ Mr. Foote is a master of the distinctive art of balancing everyday domestic clutter over a pit of existential darkness.” Featuring Jane Squier Bruns (Lyd Davis), John Decker (Lee Davis), Roxanne Fournier Stone (Emily Davis), Andy Greenleaf (Richard Murray), Laura Russell (Maude Cleveland), Elizabeth Darby (Alma Nash), and Star Bobatoon (Addie).

“The Day Emily Married” will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori, a Horton Foote expert who rediscovered Foote’s play, originally titled “The Indian Fighters,” at the Library of Congress. Foote gave Sbarbori permission to give “The Day Emily Married” its world premiere staging in 1997 in Silver Spring, MD, several years before it was produced again with Estelle Parsons and Hallie Foote at Primary Stages in New York City.

Prized by its patrons for its intimate stagings, QTC specializes in productions of naturalistic plays about the truth and beauty in everyday “quotidian” life. This boutique theater caters to those who enjoy thinking about–and discussing with friends after the show–the meaning of a great play. Located within walking distance of Bethesda’s renowned restaurant district, there are plenty of fine places to eat and/or drink before or after the play. On Saturdays and Sundays, parking is free in the public lot directly across from the Writer’s Center, where QTC is the resident theater company. QTC is easily accessible by car or Metro (red line to Bethesda stop).

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