East Brain­erd the­ater opens Hor­ton Foote play

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The East Brain­erd Com­mu­nity The­ater will open Hor­ton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize- win­ning play “The Trip to Boun­ti­ful” tonight, Nov. 1, for four per­for­mances this week­end.

The per­for­mances will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 8645 East Brain­erd Road. Chris Hart is di­rect­ing the pro- duc­tion.

The emo­tional play tells the story of Car­rie Watts, an el­derly woman who longs to es­cape the cramped Hous­ton apart­ment where she l i ves with her pro­tec­tive son, Ludie, and her au­thor­i­tar­ian daugh­ter- in- law, Jessie Mae. Car­rie wants to re­turn to her beloved home­town of Boun­ti­ful, Texas, one fi­nal time be­fore she dies.

While Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drug­store, Car­rie es­capes to the bus sta­tion and be­friends a young woman named Thelma. The new friends travel to­ward Boun­ti­ful to­gether, but when Car­rie ar­rives in nearby Har­ri­son, Texas, she be­gins to learn that her beloved town isn’t the same as she re­mem­bered it.

Patti Gross is cast as Car­rie Watts. Ja­son Haney and Ayana Winch­ester play her son and daugh­ter- in- law, re­spec­tively. Bai­ley B. Hing­son por­trays Thelma.

With ev­ery pro­duc­tion staged by East Brain­erd Com­mu­nity The­ater, the cast se­lects a char­ity to sup­port with a ser­vice project and do­na­tions. “The Trip to Boun­ti­ful” will ben­e­fit Chat­tanooga Sports Min­istry.

This pro­duc­tion of “The Trip to Boun­ti­ful” is pre­sented by spe­cial ar­range­ment with Drama­tists Play Ser­vice Inc., New York.

For more in­for­ma­tion: www. christchurchchatt. org.


Bai­ley B. Hing­son, left, plays Thelma, and Patti Gross is cast as Car­rie Watts in “The Trip to Boun­ti­ful.”

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