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Horton Foote's children carry on his work, acting at Old Globe

January 14, 2012 | 12:00 pm

Families coming to strife over how to divvy up the land that makes up their legacy is as old a dramatic subject as "King Lear." But Horton Foote's handling of it in "Dividing the State" is considerably more funny.

The comedy's West Coast premiere at The Old Globe theater in San Diego deals with a legacy in more ways than one. When he died three years ago, just shy of his 93rd birthday, Foote left behind a theatrical oeuvre of more than 60 plays, plus Oscar-winning screenplays for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies." Now Hallie Foote and Horton Foote Jr., his eldest daughter and son, are uniting to carry his work forward.

Read here about how they'll be battling onstage as sibling rivals for the sake of doing just the opposite as their father's son and daughter.


Remembering Horton Foote

Letting go: such sweet sorrow

Horton Foote dies at 92; playwright, screenwriter chronicled small-town Southern life

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Hallie Foote and Horton Foote Jr. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times