While Foote's play may be looking to the past for inspiration, it is a reminder of the America that lives on in the present, perhaps a bit shadowy and below the surface, but still flowing through the American character.
Plays about writers and writing present major challenges for both audiences and playwrights. Because writing is such an internal process, full of grinding frustration and occasional exhilaration, it is a tough subject to portray on stage.
War Horse, the not-to-be-missed Tony Award winning play, gallops its way through the Ahmanson Theatre this month, led by the magnificent equine creations of Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, founders of South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company.
On a summery Sunday afternoon in Beverly Hills, I was suddenly thrust into the watery bayou swamps of southern Louisiana, and engrossed in a story, and a world, which has not left my thoughts since for even a moment.