The Prisoner’s Song
Other Plays by Horton Foote
Foote, Horton (American playwright, screenwriter, 1916-____), “The Prisoner’s Song,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in a small Texas town, U.S.A., 1927,
© 1993 by Horton Foote;
• in Horton Foote’s The Tears of My Sister, The Prisoner’s Song, The One-Armed Man and The Land of the Astronauts, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1993), ISBN 0822213575, 103 pp., DPS 2022, containing “The Prisoner’s Song,” “The One-Armed Man,” a __-minute drama, 3m;
• script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com;
also, in Selected One-Act Plays of Horton Foote, edited by Gerald C. Wood (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: Southern Methodist University Press, 1989), ISBN 0-87074-274-4, ISBN 0-87074-275-2.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
John (m), Mae’s out-of-work husband; ____ (m), an old friend of Mae’s family; Mae (f), John’s wife; ____ (f), ____.
“. . . Mae tries to boost the confidence of her out-of-work husband John, while he waits for the ‘right’ job. Finally admitting he can’t support them, he realizes he must take what is offered from an old friend of Mae’s family, whose grief over the death of his daughter masks his own understanding of the hardships around him.”
“Drama about class distinction in small Texas town ca. 1927 focuses on problems of young unemployed ex-alcoholic husband.”—Yaakov and Greenfieldt, p. 132.
• “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.
• Photograph from HORTON FOOTE FAX, http://www.chotank.com/hortonfa.html, accessed September 10, 2007.
• Page mounted July 8, 2000, updated November 25, 2008, by the site Webmaster.
alcoholism, class, death, family, father-daughter, friendship, grief, marriage, self-esteem, unemployment.