The Roads to Home

by Horton Foote


Synopsis: In the first play, A Nightingale, Mabel and Vonnie, two Houston neighbors and best friends, both refugees from small Texas towns, are forbearing and patient about the protracted and uninvited visits of Annie Long, a girlhood acquaintance of Mabel's who is slipping inexorably into insanity. As uncomfortable as Annie makes them, Mabel and Vonnie are more concerned with silencing her vivid recounting of old scandals and the pain they caused. In the second play, The Dearest of Friends, it is several months later, and Vonnie is facing the crisis of a husband who is involved with another woman and who wants a divorce. Mabel and her husband, Jack, are sympathetic to Vonnie's plight but, again, cannot bring themselves to face its disturbing implications. In the third play, Spring Dance, several years have passed, and Annie is now confined to a sanatorium. She and her fellow patients are scrupulously polite and considerate of each other and, obviously, totally divorced from reality. The asylum culture reflects the larger culture—but here the isolation is total and sadly irreversible.

Cast

Mabel Votaugh Amy Bruner
Vonnie Hayhurst Linda Walden-Morrell
Annie Gayle Long Patricia Simmons
Mr. Long Daniel Mainwaring
Jack Votaugh Keith Prendergast
Eddie Hayhurst Van Golden
Dave Dushon Mike Walden
Cecil Henry Terry Jones
Greene Hamilton Hunt Scarritt

 

Production Staff

Director Yolanda Reed
Assistant Director Joshilyn Jackson
Scene Designer John Pettegrew
Costume Designer Nora Place
Lighting Designer Peter B. Young
Technical Director David Maysonet
Production Stage Manager Susan Koffler
Properties Joshilyn Jackson
Lighting Control David Heeg
Sound Control Pam Perry