Horton Foote’s The Day Emily Married
August 6 – 29, 2021
Directed by Jack Sbarbori
Set in 1950’s Harrison, Texas. Emily Davis is about to be married and she 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 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.” Featuring Jane Squier Bruns (Lyd Davis), John Decker (Lee Davis), Madeline Mooney (Emily Davis), Andy Greenleaf (Richard Murray), Laura Russell (Maude Cleveland), Elizabeth Darby (Alma Nash), and Star Bobatoon (Addie).
The Day Emily Married will be 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 cast of The Day Emily Married