When They Speak of Rita

When They Speak of Rita
by Daisy Foote

Productions (7)
  • Drama
  • 75 - 85 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Basic kitchen-living area, with small workshop off of it

When They Speak of Rita
by Daisy Foote

(0)
Productions (7)
  • Drama
  • 75 - 85 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Basic kitchen-living area, with small workshop off of it

Rita Potter is trapped in a dull existence in rural New Hampshire, cleaning the houses of wealthier neighbors and cooking for an unresponsive husband. To make up for her seeming failure, she pushes her son and his girlfriend to reach for more than she did, and attempts to start her own catering service. When all of Rita's efforts are ignored and thwarted, she makes more drastic changes in her life -- changes that prove disastrous.

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Play Details

Rita Potter is trapped in a dull existence in rural New Hampshire, cleaning the houses of wealthier neighbors and cooking for an unresponsive husband. To make up for her seeming failure, she pushes her son and his girlfriend to reach for more than she did, and attempts to start her own catering service. When all of Rita's efforts are ignored and thwarted, she makes more drastic changes in her life -- changes that prove disastrous.

  • Drama
  • 75 - 85 minutes
  • 2 f, 3 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Basic kitchen-living area, with small workshop off of it

Published Reviews

"Daisy Foote's simple drama has a quiet strength and ineffable melancholy that builds with every minute..."

Robert Simonson, Time Out New York

"The strength of When They Speak of Rita is the language. As a writer Foote distances her lines from metaphors; the story she tells is deeply rooted in reality. The fact that Foote succeeds in finding lyricism and beauty in what may seem to be the mundane today serves her as a tool to turn the daily in to the intriguing.

Venice (Los Angeles)

"Daisy Foote, daughter of playwright Horton Foote, displays the same richly humanistic concerns as her venerable father in When They Speak of Rita ... unassuming, slice-of-life material with absolute truthfulness."

Los Angeles Times

"Critic's Pick: The play is much deeper than the kitchen sink that is at its center, and it tears painfuly at the heart; it encompasses unplumbable problems of communication, need, and selfhood. Kudos to Foote for not providing any easy answers."

Madeleine Shaner, Back Stage West

"Effective kitchen drama... All the characters are skillfully drawn...the play is persuasive in evoking an environment where emotional strictures are inviolable... You end up caring about these people..."

Bruce Weber, The New York Times

"Horton's daughter Daisy blossoms as her play 'Rita' speaks to small-town drama..."

David Kaufman, New York Daily News

"Daisy Foote's simple drama has a quiet strength and ineffable melancholy that builds with every minute... In its concentration on character and simple details, and use of sudden offstage plot twists, the play shares a lot with the work of her father, Horton Foote... It seems to be a Foote-family cause to further the life of the well-made play, free of pretension or structural gimmickry."

Robert Simonson, Time Out New York

Production History

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MAR 08, 2017 - MAR 12, 2017
University Of Wisconsin-Fond Du Lac
Fond Du Lac, WI United States
University Of Wisconsin-Fond Du Lac Fond Du Lac, WI United States
MAR 11, 2011 - MAR 20, 2011
San Diego Mesa College
San Deigo, CA United States
San Diego Mesa College San Deigo, CA United States
OCT 15, 2005 - OCT 28, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
AUG 04, 2005 - SEP 18, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
MAY 28, 2005 - JUL 31, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
JUL 24, 2003 - JUL 26, 2003
Marion Community Theatre
Marion, IA United States
Marion Community Theatre Marion, IA United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Primary Stages
New York, NY United States
Primary Stages New York, NY United States
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OCT 15, 2005 - OCT 28, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
AUG 04, 2005 - SEP 18, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
MAY 28, 2005 - JUL 31, 2005
Pacific Resident Theatre
Venice, CA United States
Pacific Resident Theatre Venice, CA United States
JAN 01, 2000 - DEC 31, 2000
Primary Stages
New York, NY United States
Primary Stages New York, NY United States