Thursday, March 5, 2009

R.I.P., Horton Foote, American playwright, 1916-2009

As Civic Theatre celebrates the world premiere of a local playwright's original script in a staged reading on March 10, I believe it is apropos to take a moment to honor the memory of a classic American writer.

Horton Foote, playwright and screenwriter, died yesterday - March 4 - in Hartford, Connecticut. He was slightly more than one week away from his 93rd birthday.

One of his most endearing works may be his adaption of Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a screenplay; the 1962 movie starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The Trip to Bountiful, one of Horton Foote's plays, was produced at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette several years ago.

You can read about Horton Foote's life and theatrical career at the Hartford Courant Web site. Another site with a full listing of his work on movies is the Internet Movie Database.

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