Nov 20 - Dec 07, 2014

Written by Horton Foote and Directed by Michael Wilson

The Trip To Bountiful performances may be appearing as SOLD OUT. However, tickets may still be available!  Call the box office to see if there are any obstructed view seats still for sale.  Tickets are also frequently returned or exchanged for other performances. A wait list will be started at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre one hour prior to each curtain and any available tickets will be released for sale beginning a fifteen minutes prior to curtain to the people on the wait list. You must be in person at the Box Office to be placed on the wait list and when your name is called.

Cicely Tyson reprises her Tony Award-winning performance as the feisty and funny Carrie Watts in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote’s beloved American classic The Trip to Bountiful, a story of intergenerational family dynamics directed by Michael Wilson. Living in a cramped apartment in Houston with her dutiful son Ludie (Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood) and bossy daughter-in-law Jessie Mae (Grammy and Tony nominee Vanessa Williams), the elderly Carrie dreams of making one final journey to Bountiful, Texas, her childhood home. With great determination and daring, Carrie makes her arduous journey back to Bountiful. This American treasure is a masterpiece of the power of childhood, memory, and the undeniable, universal yearning for the warmth of home and family. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The Trip to Bountiful is one of the half-dozen greatest American plays. It is without flaw. I’ve never been more deeply moved by a theatrical production.”



CICELY TYSON (Carrie Watts) Best known for her groundbreaking double Emmy Award-winning performance as Jane in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ms. Tyson was also nominated for an Academy Award for the film Sounder. Her third Emmy Award was for The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All and she was nominated for her performances in The Trip to Bountiful, Roots, King, Sweet Justice, The Marva Collins Story and A Lesson Before Dying. Her many film credits include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Fried Green Tomatoes, Because of Winn-Dixie, Hoodlum, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married Too?, The Help and Alex Cross. In 2013, Ms. Tyson returned to the Broadway stage after a 30-year hiatus as Mother Carrie Watts in Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. This role not only garnered rave reviews, but earned Ms. Tyson the triple crown of theatre awards: the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Actress in a Play. In addition to a record number of NAACP Image Awards, in 2010, Ms. Tyson became the 95th recipient of the prestigious Spingarn Medal, the highest honor presented by this esteemed organization. This year Ms. Tyson added additional Honorary Doctorate degrees from both Columbia University and American Film Institute for her artistry to her impressive list of honors. Other Broadway credits include The Corn Is Green, Trumpets of the Lord, A Hand is on the Gate, Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, The Cool World and Jolly's Progress. In 1997, Hollywood honored Ms. Tyson with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1995 a middle school in East Orange, NJ, was named for Ms. Tyson and following her continued active involvement, she was able to open a new $143 million state-of-the art, 300,000 sq. ft. campus renamed the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts to educate students kindergarten through high school.

VANESSA WILLIAMS (Jessie Mae Watts) After starring on Broadway last season as Jessie Mae Watts in the Tony and Emmy Award-nominated adaptations of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful, Vanessa is thrilled to bring her wickedly funny performance to the Ahmanson Theatre! She also reprised her role for Lifetime's television adaptation, which was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award. Throughout her career, Vanessa has maintained a reputation as one of the most respected and multi-faceted entertainers in the world. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, television and motion pictures. She has sold over 20 million records worldwide and has garnered 11 Grammy nominations. She received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of The Witch in Into the Woods, and starred in the seven-time Tony-nominated musical After Midnight. Her other stage credits include Sondheim on Sondheim and Kiss of the Spider Woman on Broadway and St. Louis Woman for Encores. Her TV credits include her three-time Emmy-nominated performance as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives and Olivia Doran in 666 Park Avenue. Her movie credits include Soul Food, Dance with Me, Eraser, Johnson Family Vacation and Tyler Perry's Temptation. A proud mother of four children and bestselling author with her own mother Helen for their memoir You Have No Idea, Vanessa is living her dream.

BLAIR UNDERWOOD (Ludie Watts) Award-winning actor, director and producer Blair Underwood, who recently appeared as Othello at The Old Globe in San Diego, is equally at home in the worlds of theatre, film and television. He made his Broadway debut as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire for which he received a 2012 Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination. His many film and TV credits include Just Cause, Deep Impact, Something New, The Event, Dirty Sexy Money, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sex and the City, In Treatment (Golden Globe nomination) and L.A. Law (Golden Globe nomination), among many others. He starred in the Lifetime TV movie The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams and received a Critics Choice Television Award for his performance. He is a Grammy Award-winner for the audiobook of An Inconvenient Truth. He made his feature directorial debut with Bridge to Nowhere.


  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Starring: Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood 
  • Written by: Horton Foote
  • Directed by: Michael Wilson
  • Also: Jurnee Smollett-Bell 
  • Produced by: ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage and Jonathan Reinis Productions in association with Center Theatre Group
  • Series: Legend 
  • Ages: 10+
  • Running Time:  2 hours 20 minutes with one 15 minute intermission