When it comes to playwrights, few are bigger and better than Texas-born Horton Foote. Foote won all the big awards -- two Oscars, an Emmy, a Writers Guild of America Screen Award, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and a National Medal of Arts -- and he was known for such well-loved works as the screen adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird and the play trilogy The Orphans' Home Cycle. In celebration of what would have been Foote's 95 birthday, Dallas and Fort Worth organizations have worked together to bring us the Foote Festival, a celebration of his work that will include movie screenings, stage performances, lectures and more. With a career that spanned stage, film and television over several decades, it's only fitting that Foote Festival events are being held all across the metroplex by over a dozen arts organizations, including Kitchen Dog Theater, Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Film Society. Kicking off the festival this week are a production of Talking Pictures, running now through April 3 at Stage West (821 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth), and Dividing the Estate, running now through April 10 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street. The festival lasts through May 1, visit hortonfootefestival.com or our Foote Festival event page for the complete schedule.
March 14-May 1, 2011