Set in Houston, Texas in 1953, Horton Foote’s wonderful book is about aging with grace and dignity. The performance is magical because of the performance by Cicely Tyson, three-time Emmy® Award winner for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All” and Academy Award® nominee for Sounder.
The story is a simple dream for Carrie Watts, (Cicely Tyson), to visit her beloved hometown, Bountiful. (Cuba Gooding Jr.) plays her son, Ludie Watts and daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Vanessa Williams) live together in a small apartment and try to find a sense of privacy. You can hear the audience gasp at the comments made by Jessie Mae as she confronts her mother-in-law. How should a mother behave towards her overprotective son and domineering daughter-in-law? What are the challenges of feeling independent, keeping memories alive and turning hopes and dreams into realities?
Because people live longer, it’s important to think about how the generations will interact. Growing older in NYC is different from the suburbs. The stores, restaurants, dry cleaners, pharmacies all deliver whatever you need. Public transportation is readily accessible and affordable so that you can attend visit the museums, galleries and attend entertainment events. The trick is to hold onto your memory so that you remember where you want to go and why.
Audience: Theater lovers 13 and older to be able to say I saw Cicely Tyson on Broadway, live!