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The Trip to BountifulVanessa Williams (left), Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful.

Spotlight On: The Trip to Bountiful

Cicely Tyson stars in Horton Foote’s masterpiece about memory, mortality and the undeniable, universal yearning for home.

The Trip to Bountiful


It’s the spring of 1953. Carrie Watts (Cicely Tyson) is an active, highly motivated widow living in a cramped apartment in Houston with her son (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and daughter-in-law (Vanessa Williams). Carrie escapes her relatives’ watchful eyes to realize her dearest dream: to return to her beloved hometown, Bountiful. What starts as an ordinary trip soon becomes an inspiring and life-changing journey of discovery in playwright Horton Foote’s enduring masterpiece.


Spotlight on: The Trip to Bountiful (play revival)
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  • Cicely Tyson returns to Broadway after a 30-year absence with this production.
  • Horton Foote wrote versions of this work for three different media: television (1953), stage (also 1953), and film (1985)


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The Trip to Bountiful, based on the television play of the same title, was first performed on Broadway in 1953. A 1985 film version starred Geraldine Page.


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