Other Plays by Horton Foote
Foote, Horton (American playwright, screenwriter, 1916-____), “Blind Date,”
a __-minute comedy in English, set in the living room of Robert and Dolores Henry's home, in Harrison, Texas, U.S.A., 1929,
© 1986 by Horton Foote;
• in Horton Foote’s Blind Date, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1986), ISBN 0-8222-0126-7, LCCN 87-100154, DPS 1043;
• also, in The Best Short Plays, 1998, edited and introduced by Ramon Delgado (New York: Applause Theatre Book Publishers, 1988).
• Cited in Play Index, 1983-1987: An Index to 3,964 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1988), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 522 pp.
• Also, cited in Play Index, 1988-1992: An Index to 4,397 Plays, edited by Juliette Yaakov (____-____) and John Greenfieldt (____-____) (New York: The H. W. Wilson Company, 1993), ISSN 0554-3037, LCCN 64-1054, 542 pp.
• Also, cited by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail March 20, 1997; the citation says,
Dolores (f), a former high school beauty queen; Robert (m), her hen-pecked husband; Sarah Nancy (f), Dolores' visiting niece; Felix (m), a date for Sarah Nancy
“. . . Dolores, once a high school beauty queen, is now the scourge of her hen-pecked husband, who comes home from the office hungry and tired to find that there will be no dinner tonight. The reason is that Dolores has, at last, been able to arrange a date for her visiting niece, Sarah Nancy, and she wants Robert out of the way. But when the young man, a would-be mortician goes out the window as the bookish, rebellious Sarah Nancy refuses to play the flirtation game and, instead, makes it abundantly (and hilariously) clear that she considers Felix to be a boring oaf. Sarah Nancy's attitude delights her uncle as much as it distresses her aunt, who retires from the field with a sudden sick headache. However, the two young people, left alone by their nosy elders, find a common interest at last and, as the curtain falls, they are contentedly, and wordlessly, poring over a stack of wonderfully corny old high school yearbooks.
• “A touching and very funny study of what befalls a fluttery, well-meaning aunt when she tries to arrange a date for her visiting (and uncooperative) niece. First presented by New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre, as part of its One-Act Play Marathon, where it met with critical and popular acclaim. . . .
• “‘Foote writes with intelligence, sensitivity, humor, and compassion. “Blind Date,” understatedly funny and uninsistently touching, is full of lived humanity.’—John Simon, New York.
• “. . . ‘The pacing is skillful, the dialogue precise and carefully detailed.’—Robert Massa, The Village Voice.
• “. . . ‘Besides being very funny, “Blind Date” has a bit to say about how oppressive sexual roles can be passed down from generation to generation.’—Frank Rich, New York Times.
• “Horton Foote’s playwriting career spans more than fifty years. His plays have been on Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off Broadway and throughout America. He received the William Inge Lifetime Achievement Award and the Screen Laurel Award from the Writers Guild of America as well as honorary doctorates from American Film Institute, Austin College, and Drew University."
• “Horton Foote is one of America's preeminent dramatists, known for his ‘intimate, loving, perceptive exploration of ordinary people and their often extraordinary resilience’ (LA Times). Foote received the Pulitzer Prize for his 1995 stage play, The Young Man from Atlanta. Other plays include The Last of the Thorntons (2000), the nine-play Orphans' Home Cycle (written throughout the 1970s), The Chase (1956), and The Trip to Bountiful (1953; film 1985). Foote has twice received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay, for the film adaptation of Harper Lee's novel, To Kill A Mockingbird (1962), and for the original screenplay, Tender Mercies (1983). He is also the author of two autobiographies, Beginnings (2001) and Farewell: A Memoir of a Texas Childhood (1999). Foote is the recipient the National Medal of Arts (2000), and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Drama (1998), for lifetime achievement.”—New York State Writers Institute - Visiting Writers Series, Spring 2006, www.albany.edu/writers-inst/vws19.html, accessed September 10, 2007.
• Not to be confused with Ruth Putnam Kimball’s “Blind Date,” a comedy, 3f.
• Photograph from http://www.chotank.com/hortonfa.html, accessed September 10, 2007.
Page mounted March 20, 1997, updated May 4, 1997, July 8, 2000, November 25, 2008, by the site Webmaster.
aunt-niece relationship, blind date, family, generation gap, marriage, matchmaking.