The Day Emily Married

The Day Emily Married $13

Horton Foote

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Male 5 Female

In Foote's mythical small town of Harrison, Texas, newlyweds Richard and Emily move in with the bride's elderly and anxious parents, Lee and Lyd Davis

Richard seems like the ideal husband for Emily, whose first marriage ended in a sad divorce

But when he shows himself to be greedy and untrustworthy, tensions in the already-strained family threaten to cleave parents from child


"Mr. Foote is a master of the distinctive art of balancing everyday domestic clutter over a pit of existential darkness The Day Emily Married eminates an infectious, eerily familiar melancholy that keeps pricking at the memory like a wandering melody. I can think of no other playwright who is as harsh in his sentimentality as Mr Foote is. His plays may radiate the burnished nostalgia of sepia-tone photographs, but he insists on your feeling that there is more ice than fire in their glow" ~ NY Times

"Foote strikes out in a new direction absorbing, intermittently comic drama a strong play well-crafted" ~ New York Magazine

"Foote's plays are rarely political in the most obvious sense, and certainly The Day Emily Died is not meant to comment on the lust for oil that has dominated Texas history. But in Richard Murray, Foote sets out an American male who dreams of being 'the number one man.' Intended or not, this look at Texas in 1955 brims with a contemporary resonance in a time of a war for oil" ~ Hartford Courant


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