A "great play...first-rate theater... the nontraditional casting makes one thing abundantly clear: the universality of Carrie's search, its resonance with the ache for home of the world's displaced." Lizan Mitchell's performance is "an amazing thing." - Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Trip to Bountiful
By Horton Foote
Directed by Timothy Douglas
March 16 - April 3
Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway
Metro: Bethesda (1 block)
Trapped in a cramped Houston apartment with her soft-spoken son and self-absorbed daughter-in-law, widow Carrie Watts dreams of returning to her home in the Gulf Coast town of Bountiful, where she grew up and raised her own family. Fearing that she's an imposition and chafing under her daughter-in-law's watchful eye, she steals away and heads home in the journey of a lifetime. The results are both deeply emotional and uplifting in one of legendary playwright Horton Foote's most popular works.
Timothy Douglas (Permanent Collection, A Lesson Before Dying) directs this first production of Bountiful to feature a primarily African-American cast, with Broadway veteran and Drama Desk Award nominee Lizan Mitchell as Carrie.
Co-production with Cleveland Play House
Recommended for age 13 & up
"Tender, moving, a go to, must see, theatrical experience" - Lorain Times, Cleveland
"Can one actor fill an entire stage? You bet, if it's the luminous Lizan Mitchell, who gives a transcendent performance...Mitchell etches an entire universe of emotion with her whole being. It's a joy to watch this charismatic actor who dominates the stage even in silence...Teary-eyed one moment, filled with girlish glee the next, Mitchell is a force of nature as Carrie, unbowed by defeat and disappointment...The all-black cast (save for the Sheriff) in this deeply moving non-traditional production proves the universality of the human condition, regardless of color. Foote, who was white, would be pleased." - Cleveland Jewish News
With Doug Brown*, Jessica Frances Dukes*, Chinai J. Hardy*, Lizan Mitchell*, Howard Overshown*, Lawrence Redmond*
Director Timothy Douglas, scenic designer Tony Cisek, costume designer Toni-Leslie James, lighting designer Christopher Studley, sound designer Christopher C. Swonger, stage manager Jennifer Schwartz, dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton, and assistant director Bridget Leak.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Photo of Lizan Mitchell and Jessica Frances Dukes by Roger Mastroianni