BETHESDA, Maryland – In a triumphant return to its roots and a bittersweet farewell to the DC theater community, Quotidian Theatre Company will stage Horton Foote’s beautiful meditation “The Day Emily Married” at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, opening August 6, 2021.
Set in 1950’s Harrison, Texas. Emily Davis is about to be married and 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 The 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.”
QTC’s production features audience favorites 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 is 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.
The play runs August 6 – 29, 2021 at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For tickets and more information, go to quotidiantheatre.org.