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CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE
WEST COAST PREMIERE OF HORTON FOOTE’S
DIVIDING THE ESTATE


Horton Foote Jr. and Tony nominee Hallie Foote costar in their father’s final play

Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley and
Tony nominee Penny Fuller reprise their roles from Broadway

SAN DIEGO (Dec. 21, 2011)—The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for the West Coast Premiere of Dividing the Estate, the final play by Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote.  Directed by Michael Wilson, Dividing the Estate will run Jan. 14 – Feb. 12, 2012 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.  Preview performances run Jan. 14 – Jan. 18.  Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 19 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are currently available by subscription only.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, Dividing the Estate is Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s knowing comedy about family, money and greed.  Living in Texas in the late 1980s, octogenarian matriarch Stella rules a family that must confront its past as it prepares for an uncertain future when the family fortune begins to diminish.  Stella's children debate whether or not they should divide the estate while their mother is still alive in order to ensure themselves financial independence.  Director Michael Wilson, considered the foremost interpreter of Foote’s work, reunites with members of Dividing the Estate’s Broadway cast and creative team to remount this modern classic.

Horton Foote Jr. joins Hallie Foote to make this production of their father’s final play a family affair.  Hallie Foote will appear as Mary Jo, for which she received a Tony Award nomination in the original Broadway production, and her brother, Horton Foote Jr., will return to the stage after an almost 20 year absence in the role of Lewis Gordon.  Theater legend Elizabeth Ashley will appear as Stella Gordon, the domineering matriarch of a fading Southern dynasty, a role she originated on Broadway.  Penny Fuller, a Tony Award nominee for Applause and The Dinner Party, will reprise the role of Lucille that she also created for the Broadway production.  Dividing the Estate is a co-production with Alley Theatre.

The cast of Dividing the Estate also includes Devon Abner (Son), Pat Bowie (Mildred), James DeMarse (Bob), Nicole Lowrance (Sissie), Kelly McAndrew (Pauline), Jenny Dare Paulin (Emily), Keiana Richàrd (Cathleen), Roger Robinson (Doug) and Bree Welch (Irene Ratliff).

The creative team includes Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Stephanie Klapper (New York Casting Director) and Marisa Levy (Stage Manager).

Playwright Horton Foote was an American playwright and screenwriter perhaps best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplays for the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird and the 1983 film Tender Mercies and his notable live television dramas during the Golden Age of Television.  He had his first play, Texas Town, produced Off Broadway in 1941.  His other plays include The Last of the Thorntons, The Chase, The Traveling Lady, The Trip to Bountiful, Night Seasons, Tomorrow, The Habitation of Dragons, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Roots in a Parched Ground, Convicts, Lily Dale, The Widow Claire, Courtship, Laura Dennis, Vernon Early, The Roads to Home, The Carpetbagger’s Children and The Day Emily Married.  He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play The Young Man From Atlanta.  His final play, Dividing the Estate, was produced on Broadway in 2008 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.  Foote was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998, was the inaugural recipient of the Austin Film Festival's Distinguished Screenwriter Award and was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2000.  Foote died on March 4, 2009.

Director Michael Wilson is also the director of the Globe’s upcoming production of Divine Rivalry, which he directed in its World Premiere at Hartford Stage.  He was was Associate Director at the Alley Theatre from 1990 to 1998 and has directed more than 20 productions, including Elizabeth Egloff’s Ether Dome and Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children and The Trip to Bountiful.  For his premiere staging of Foote’s three-part, nine-hour The Orphans’ Home Cycle, he received a 2010 Drama Desk Award, as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Play.  On Broadway, he has directed Foote’s Dividing the Estate (Tony Award nomination, Best Play), Matthew Barber’s Enchanted April (Tony Award nomination, Best Play) and John Van Druten’s Old Acquaintance (Roundabout Theatre Company).  His Off Broadway credits include the premieres of Jane Anderson’s Defying Gravity, Eve Ensler’s Necessary Targets, Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theater), Tina Howe’s Chasing Manet (Primary Stages), Christopher Shinn’s Picked (Vineyard Theatre) and What Didn’t Happen (Playwrights Horizons), as well as revivals of Tennessee Williams’ The Red Devil Battery Sign (WPA Theatre) and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout).  His resident theatre credits also include American Repertory Theater, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, among others; and Hartford Stage, where he served as Artistic Director from 1998 to 2011.  Wilson graduated a Morehead scholar in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he trained with his long-time collaborator, Alley Artistic Director Gregory Boyd.

TICKETS to Dividing the Estate can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Tickets are currently available by subscription only.  Performances at the Old Globe Theatre begin on Jan. 14 and continue through Feb. 12.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and no matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 11.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Dividing the Estate include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Dividing the Estate
Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m.  FREE

Insight Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theater-going experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Dividing the Estate
Tuesdays, Jan. 24 and 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 8.  FREE

Discuss the play with members of the Dividing the Estate cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Dividing the Estate are sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Fridays, Jan. 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and desserts.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Dividing the Estate are sold separately.)

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARRichard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show (9/15-11/6), Somewhere (9/24-10/30), Twelfth Night (11/6-11/13), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/19-12/31), Some Lovers (11/26-12/31), Dividing the Estate (1/14-2/12), The Recommendation (1/21-2/26).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 75 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, which are both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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CAST BIOGRAPHIES

DEVON ABNER (Son) has appeared in Dividing the Estate at Primary Stages, the Booth Theatre and the Alley Theatre.  His other recent New York theater credits include four characters in Horton Foote's masterwork The Orphans’ Home Cycle and Ludie in The Trip to Bountiful (Signature Theatre).  He has appeared on television in two episodes of “The Office” and Horton Foote's Alone.

ELIZABETH ASHLEY (Stella Gordon) made her Broadway debut in 1959 in The Highest Tree.  Her Broadway credits include August: Osage County, Dividing the Estate, Enchanted April, the revival of The Best Man, Take Her, She’s Mine, for which she won Tony and Theatre World Awards, Barefoot in the Park, which was written for her by Neil Simon, directed by Mike Nichols and earned her a second Tony nomination, The Skin of Our Teeth directed by Jose Quintero, opened the American Bicentennial at The Kennedy Center and Broadway, George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra, Legend, Hide and Seek and Agnes of God, for which she received the Albert Einstein Award for excellence in the performing arts.  She is perhaps best known as one of the definitive interpreters of Tennessee Williams’ work, including Eight by Tenn (eight one-acts) at Hartford Stage, the 1973 Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,for which she earned herthird Tony nomination and a Tennessee Williams Foundation Award, Suddenly Last Summer, Red Devil Battery Sign and The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (WPA Theatre) and Out Cry and Sweet Bird of Youth, for which she received a Helen Hayes Award nomination and a Millennium Award.  She also appeared in The Glass Menagerie at Hartford Stage, American Repertory Theater and Alley Theatre, and most recently she became the first actress to play Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and returned 30 years later to play Big Mama at Hartford Stage.  Off Broadway she played Isadora Duncan in When She Danced (Playwrights Horizons), Dividing the Estate (Primary Stages) and the New York premiere of Edward Albee’s Me, Myself and I.  Her National Tours and regional work include The Perfect Party and The Enchanted (The Kennedy Center), Master Class (Royal Alexandria Theatre in Toronto), Regina in The Little Foxes, Vanities, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Coupla White Chicks, Full Gallop and Eleemosynary.  Most recently she starred in Mrs. Warren’s Profession at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.  Her film credits include The Carpetbaggers, which debuted in 1962, Ship of Fools, which received a Golden Globe Award nomination, Rancho Deluxe, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, Golden Needles, 92 in the Shade, The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday, Coma, Paternity, Split Image, Dragnet, Vampire’s Kiss, A Man of Passion, Happiness, which won an Independent Spirit Award, Just the Ticket, Stagecoach, Windows, The Cake Eaters and Broadway: The Golden Age.  Among her television credits, most recently she played Aunt Mimi in “Treme” on HBO.  Her other television credits are A&E’s “The Rope,” for which she was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actress, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, “Miami Vice,” Svengali, The War Between the Tates, When Michael Calls, Carl Sandburg’s “Lincoln,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World,” “Evening Shade,” where she was a series regular and received an Emmy Award nomination, “The Buccaneers” on PBS, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and many appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”  Ashley was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Institute while serving on the first National Council of the Arts during the administrations of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and also served on the President’s Committee for the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards.  She is the author of Actress: Postcards from the Road, published in 1978.  She can be heard on Lou Reed’s CD The Raven.

PAT BOWIE (Mildred) has appeared on Broadway in Dividing the Estate and The Song of Jacob Zulu.  Her Off Broadway credits include The Orphans’ Home Cycle and Dividing the Estate.  Her regional credits include Dividing the Estate (Alley Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Hartford Stage), Granny Root in Pecong (Victory Garden Theater), Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and Lena in A Raisin in the Sun (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Ma Dear in Jar on the Floor (Alliance Theatre), Aunt Esther in Gem of the Ocean (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and The First Breeze of Summer (Court Theatre).  She has also appeared in the tour of Flyin’ West as Miss Lea.  Her credits in the United Kingdom include The Man from Auntie, Waking the Dead, One Fine Day, Disappearing Acts, Spell Number 7 on BBC, the tour of The Playboy of the West Indies, The Day the Bronx Died, the English premiere of August Wilson’s King Hedley II (The Tricycle Theatre), Vieux Carre (Nottingham Playhouse) and Small World (Southwark Playhouse).  She is a member of The Tricycle Theatre and a 2007 United States Artist Fellow.

JAMES DEMARSE (Bob) has Broadway and Off Broadway credits that include Dividing the Estate, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Trip to Bountiful, Down the Garden Paths, White People, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Last Moon and Diminished Capacity.  His regional credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, Dividing the Estate and The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Hartford Stage), Breaking Legs (Pasadena Playhouse), The Big Knife (Capital Repertory Theatre), Cantorial (Jewish Repertory Theatre) and Subject to Fits (The Public Theater).  His selected television credits include “Royal Pains,” “The Good Wife,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Ferris Bueller,” “Sons and Daughters,” “One Life to Live” and “Law & Order.”  His film credits include The Baxter, Side by Each, Fresh Cut Grass, If Freud Had a Video Camera and Surprise.  He has received a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination.

HALLIE FOOTE (Mary Jo) received a 2009 Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance of Mary Jo in the Broadway premiere of Dividing the Estate.  She has played the role in the play’s New York Off Broadway premiere at Primary Stages in 2007, at Hartford Stage in 2009 and most recently at Houston’s Alley Theatre in 2011.  Known as the one of the foremost interpreters of her father’s work, she has received numerous awards for her performances, including Drama Desk, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Richard Seff Awards.  The daughter of Lillian Vallish Foote and Horton Foote, she began her stage career in 1986 in the title role of her father’s play The Widow Claire at Circle in the Square Theatre.  She and her father collaborated on multiple productions including The Carpetbagger’s Children (Lincoln Center Theater), The Last of the Thorntons, Talking Pictures, Night Seasons, Laura Dennis and The Trip to Bountiful (Signature Theatre Company) and When They Speak of Rita and The Day Emily Married (Primary Stages), among many others.  In 2010, she appeared in the critically-acclaimed three-part, nine-hour production of her father’s epic The Orphans’ Home Cycle, which won Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Lortel Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Play and the Theatrical Event of the Season.  Her other regional credits include The Death of Papa (PlayMakers Repertory Company), The Carpetbagger’s Children (Guthrie Theatre) and God’s Pictures (Indiana Repertory Theatre).  Her selected film credits include 1918, On Valentine’s Day, Courtship, Walking to the Waterlineand Paranormal Activity 3,0 and she was the producer of Lily Dale on Showtime and Hallmark Hall of Fame.

HORTON FOOTE JR. (Lewis Gordon) is returning to the stage after almost 17 years.  He is thrilled to be working with his sister again and is excited for the chance to work with such a great cast.  He is grateful for the opportunity that Michael Wilson has afforded him and is looking forward to being a part of what he considers to be one of his father’s greatest plays.

PENNY FULLER (Lucille) reprises this role having played it on Broadway, Off Broadway, at Hartford Stage and at Alley Theatre.  She returns to The Old Globe where she appeared in repertory playing Juliet in Romeo and Juliet directed by Diana Maddox, Viola in Twelfth Night directed by Craig Noel and Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Part 2 directed by Edward Payson Call.  She began her Broadway career starring in Barefoot in the Park, three Shakespeare in the Park productions and the musicals Cabaret, Rex and Applause, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for the role of Eve Harrington.  Her television work garnered five Emmy Award nominations and an Emmy for ABC’s The Elephant Man.  She received a Tony Award nomination in 2001 for her performance in Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party.  Off Broadway she was seen in Love, Loss and What I Wore, Beautiful Child (Vineyard Theatre), Southern Comforts (Primary Stages) and Three Viewings and New England (Manhattan Theatre Club).  She has played a variety of roles in regional theater including Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Arkadina in The Seagull and Claire in A Delicate Balance.  With William Finn’s A New Brain at Lincoln Center Theater, she returned to musical theater and has since starred in productions of A Little Night Music, Do I Hear a Waltz? and, in London, in Sail Away.  She has embarked on a new career phase as a cabaret artist singing in New York clubs and theaters.

NICOLE LOWRANCE (Sissie) reprises the role she recently played at Alley Theatre.  Her Broadway credits include Dividing the Estate (also at Primary Stages).  Her international credits include The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company).  Her Off Broadway credits include The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta, All’s Well That Ends Well, Engaged and Don Juan (Theatre for a New Audience), Columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop), Tatjana in Color (Culture Project), Red Frogs (PS122) and Measure for Measure (New York Shakespeare Festival).  Her regional credits include Steel Magnolias (Cape May Stage), Beyond Therapy and David Copperfield (Westport Country Playhouse), Oleanna and Speed the Plow (American Theater Company), The Importance of Being Earnest (CENTERSTAGE), Curse of the Starving Class (American Conservatory Theater), The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue (Hartford Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Folger Theatre) and The Little Foxes and Hamlet (The Shakespeare Theatre Company).  Her television credits include “Law & Order,” “Whoopi,” “Guiding Light” and “American Masters” on PBS. 

KELLY MCANDREW (Pauline) is thrilled to be returning to The Old Globe, having last appeared in August: Osage County, Alive and Well and Sight Unseen.  Her Broadway credits include Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.  Her Off Broadway credits include Still Life (MCC Theater), Lyric is Waiting (Irish Repertory Theatre), Trout Stanley (Culture Project), The Cataract (Women’s Project), Greedy (Clubbed Thumb), Topsy Turvy Mouse (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project) and Book of Days (Signature Theatre Company).  McAndrew’s regional credits include Precious Little (City Theatre), Holiday (Olney Theatre Center, Helen Hayes nomination for Lead Actress in a Resident Play), The Miracle Worker and The Great White Hope (Arena Stage), Talley’s Folly (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Proof (George Street Playhouse) as well as world premieres at Huntington Theatre Company, CENTERSTAGE, Denver Center Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Arizona Theatre Company.  Her film and television credits include In the Family (Independent Spirit Award nomination), Everybody’s Fine (with Robert De Niro), Superheroes, New Guy, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Gossip Girl” and “As the World Turns.” 

JENNY DARE PAULIN (Emily) has appeared on and off Broadway in Dividing the Estate and The Orphans’ Home Cycle.  Her regional theater credits include Dividing the Estate (Alley Theatre and Hartford Stage), The Orphans’ Home Cycle (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner (John W. Engeman Theater at Northport), The Roads to Home (2nd Story Theatre), Angel Feathers (Lost Theater), The Trip to Bountiful (Actors Theatre of San Francisco) and Antigone.  Her television credits include Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Promised Land” and “Dawson’s Creek.”  Her film credits include Future Weather, Bulletface, The Double Born, Infection and Cool Air.  She most recently appeared in Young Adult directed by Jason Reitman.

KEIANA RICHÀRD (Cathleen) returns to the role she played at Alley Theatre.  Her Broadway credits include Dividing the Estate directed by Michael Wilson, and her Off Broadway credits include Forgotten World (Sundance Institute/The Public Theater), Ghosts (The Pearl Theatre Company), Dividing the Estate (Primary Stages) and 365 Days/365 Plays (Slant Theatre Project/The Public Theater).  Her regional credits include Milk Like Sugar reading (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Eclipsed directed by Liesl Tommy (McCarter Theatre Center), Good Breeding directed by Robert O’Hara and La Dispute directed by Darko Tresnjak (UC San Diego/La Jolla Playhouse) and The Wiz directed by Des McAnuff (La Jolla Playhouse).  Her television credits include projects such as “12 Steps to Recovery” and “Delocated.” 

ROGER ROBINSON (Doug) has appeared on Broadway in Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Tony Award), Drowning Crow, St. Louis Women at City Center Encores!, Seven Guitars (Tony Award nomination), Amen Corner, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, Talent ‘64, Elaborate Lives: The Legend of Aida, The Iceman Cometh and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?  Internationally he appeared in Jitney at the Royal National Theatre.  His Off Broadway credits include The Cherry Orchard, The Middle of Nowhere, Of Mice and Men, Do Lord Remember Me?, The Trials of Brother Jero, The Strong Breed, Who’s Got His Own?, Crooks, Lady Day, MacBird! and Walk in Darkness.  His television credits include “Rubicon” on AMC, “NYPD Blue,” “The Education of Max Bickford,” three episodes of “ER,” “Kate Brasher,” “Friends,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order,” “New York Undercover,” “The Cosby Show,” “A Man Called Hawk,” “The Equalizer,” “Kojak” (series recurring), “Dead Air,” “The Jeffersons,” two episodes of “Baretta,” the miniseries King, “Quincy M.E.” and Marcus/Nelson Murders.  Select film credits include One the One, Brother to Brother (L.A. Outfest Award for Oustanding Actor in a Feature Film, Independent Spirit Award nomination), Vig, Burnsy’s Last Call aka Booze, Flodders Does Manhattan, It’s My Turn, Newman’s Law, Believe in Me, Suits, Who’s the Man?, The Lonely Guy, Meteor and Willie Dynamite.

BREE WELCH (Irene Ratliff) returns to The Old Globe after appearing as Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew and Ensemble in King Lear and The Madness of George III.  Welch is an M.F.A. student in The Old Globe/USD Graduate Theatre Program where she has also performed in The Winter’s Tale, The Country Wife, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Carver/Chekhov Project.  Her regional credits include A Christmas Carol (Alley Theatre), The Rabbit Hole (Stages Repertory Theatre), Essential Self-Defense (Horse Head Theatre Company), Antigone and The Triumph of Love (Classical Theatre Company), One Flea Spare (Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company), Enchanted April, The Odd Couple and The Heiress (Unity Theatre) and six seasons with Houston Shakespeare Festival where she performed in The Tempest, Hamlet, Titus Andronicus, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, As You Like It, Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew.  Welch recently played Mrs. Elton in the reading of Emma – A Musical Romantic Comedy based on the novel by Jane Austen.

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FACT SHEET

DIVIDING THE ESTATE
By Horton Foote
Directed by Michael Wilson

RUNS:  Jan. 14 Feb. 12, 2012
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  Living in present day Texas and ruled by octogenarian matriarch Stella, a family must confront their past as they prepare for an uncertain future when their family fortune begins to diminish.

CREATIVE TEAM:  Horton Foote (Playwright), Michael Wilson (Director), Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Stephanie Klapper (New York Casting Director) and Marisa Levy (Stage Manager).

CAST:  Devon Abner (Son), Elizabeth Ashley (Stella Gordon), Pat Bowie (Mildred), James DeMarse (Bob), Hallie Foote (Mary Jo), Horton Foote Jr. (Lewis Gordon), Penny Fuller (Lucille), Nicole Lowrance (Sissie), Kelly McAndrew (Pauline), Jenny Dare Paulin (Emily), Keiana Richàrd (Cathleen), Roger Robinson (Doug) and Bree Welch (Irene Ratliff).

PREVIEWS:
Jan 14 SAT 8pm
Jan 15 SUN 7pm
Jan 17 TUE 7pm (Insights Seminar)
Jan 18 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Jan 19 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Jan 20 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Jan 21 SAT 2pm
Jan 21 SAT 8pm
Jan 22 SUN 2pm
Jan 22 SUN 7pm
Jan 24 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jan 25 WED 7pm
Jan 26 THU 8pm
Jan 27 FRI 8pm (Thank Globe It’s Friday)
Jan 28 SAT 2pm
Jan 28 SAT 8pm
Jan 29 SUN 2pm
Jan 29 SUN 7pm
Jan 31 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 1 WED 7pm
Feb 2 THU 8pm
Feb 3 FRI 8pm
Feb 4 SAT 2pm
Feb 4 SAT 8pm
Feb 5 SUN 2pm
Feb 5 SUN 7pm
Feb 7 TUE 7pm
Feb 8 WED 2pm
Feb 8 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 9 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
Feb 10 FRI 8pm
Feb 11 SAT 8pm
Feb 12 SUN 2pm
Feb 12 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, Jan. 24 and 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 8
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  (Show sold separately.)

THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY
Fridays, Jan. 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
Friday pre-show bash includes wine, martinis, appetizers, dessert and live music.  (Show sold separately.)

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org