Dividing the Estate: to star Elizabeth Ashley, Arthur French, Hallie Foote, Penny Fuller

Primary Stages has announced final casting for the second production of the 2007-2008 season: the New York premiere of the comedy Dividing The Estate by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote, opening at 59E59's Theater A on 27 Sep 2007, following previews from 18 Sep and running through to 27 Oct 2007.

Directed by Michael Wilson, Dividing The Estate's 12-member cast features Elizabeth Ashley as Stella, Arthur French as Doug, Hallie Foote as Mary Jo, Penny Fuller as Lucille and Gerald McRaney as Lewis, with Devon Abner, James Colby, Lynda Gravatt, Virginia Kull, Maggie Lacey, Nicole Lowrance and Keiana Richard.

Dividing The Estate is about a family that must confront its past as it prepares for its future.

Elizabeth Ashley's (Stella) recent Broadway credits include Enchanted April, Gore Vidal's The Best Man , Garden District, Agnes of God. Ashley won the 1962 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, She was last seen off-Broadway in 'If Memory Serves' at the Promenade Theatre in 1999.

Arthur French (Doug) was last seen off-Broadway in Signature Theatre Company's production of August Wilson,'s Two Train Running, for which he received the 2007 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for his portrayal of Holloway.

Hallie Foote (Mary Jo) is Horton Foote's daughter. She won the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Featured Actress for her portrayal of Jessie Mae Watts in the Signature Theatre Company's production of The Trip To Bountiful.

Penny Fuller (Lucille) was nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Gabrielle Buonocelli in 'The Dinner Party'. Her last off-Broadway appearance was in Primary Stages production of 'Southern Comforts' (2006).

Gerald McRaney (Lewis) his making his New York Stage debut.

Primary Stages launches its 23rd season of new works by American playwrights with the New York premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger (24 Jul - 1 Sep).

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