'The Trip to Bountiful' Gets A Second Extension!

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 8, 2013 1:30 PM
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It obviously must be doing VERY well, because the revival of The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway, which was initially scheduled for a 14-week limited engagement running through July 7, and which was already previously extended by 8 weeks, through September 1, 2013, has now received a second extension by another month, to October 9.

Congrats to the cast and crew! 

Although, Condola Rashad has already signed up for another Broadway play - a new adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, with an interracial twist, which will see her play Juliet opposite Orlando Bloom, making his Broadway debut (although not his stage debut) as Romeo. That play is set to begin previews on August 24, for a September 19 opening.

So Condola might be replaced for the latter half of the Bountiful extension. Unless she'll be working on both shows at the same during those last few weeks of Bountiful's run through October - a show that Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, this year (Rashad was nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play, but didn't win).

Cicely Tyson stars in the revival of Horton Foote’s 1953 drama The Trip to Bountiful, which is directed by Michael Wilson, and is currently running at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

Tyson and Rashad are joined by Cuba Gooding Jr. (making his Broadway debut) and Vanessa Williams.

Here's the entire plot of the play:

Set in the 1940s, the play tells the story of an elderly woman, Carrie Watts, who wants to return home to the small town where she grew up, but is frequently stopped from leaving Houston, Texas by her daughter-in-law, and an overprotective son who won't let her travel alone. However, old Mrs. Watts is determined to outwit her son and bossy daughter-in-law, and sets out to catch a train, only to find that trains don't go to Bountiful anymore. She eventually boards a bus to a town near her childhood home. On the journey, she befriends a girl traveling alone and reminisces about her younger years and grieves for her lost relatives. Her son and daughter-in-law eventually track her down, with the help of the local police force. However, Mrs. Watts is determined. The local sheriff, moved by her yearning to visit her girlhood home, offers to drive her out to what remains of Bountiful. The village is deserted, and the few remaining houses are derelict. Mrs. Watts is moved to tears as she surveys her father's land and the remains of the family home. Her son eventually turns up, and drives her back to Houston.

Ms. Tyson plays Carrie Watts. Gooding Jr. is her overprotective son and Williams, her bossy daughter-in-law; Rashad plays the girl traveling alone who Carrie befriends on her journey.

The play was first produced as a teleplay on NBC in 1953, starring Lillian Gish as Carrie Watts; it would later premiere on Broadway that same year with the same cast.

And in 1985, a film version of the play was produced, and starred Geraldine Page, who won an Academy Award for her performance. 

I'm sure all you theatre geeks will have something to say about this...

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