Foote's 'Estate' Broadway bound


NEW YORK -- An Off-Broadway play by Horton Foote, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist and two-time Oscar winner for "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies," will move to a Shubert-owned theater on Broadway next fall, the producers have announced.

In addition to the Shubert Organization, producers include Lincoln Center Theater and Primary Stages, which presented the piece at 59E59 Theater last fall.

Foote's "Dividing the Estate," a family comedy that ran to wide acclaim last fall, will begin previews Oct. 23 and open Nov. 20, at a venue to be named. The entire original cast -- which includes Hallie Foote, the playwright's daughter, as well as television veterans Gerald McRaney and Elizabeth Ashley -- will make the transfer, as will director Michael Wilson, who has helmed several of Foote's plays, including "Carpetbagger's Children" and "The Day Emily Married."

Foote, who turned 92 on March 16, has written about 60 plays and numerous television and feature scripts, including the upcoming "Durham Grill," tentatively scheduled for a 2009 release.