Three women on stage look at the audience. To the left, one sits in a rocking chair. In the center, one sits at a table full of framed photographs. To the right, one stands and rests her hands on the back of a chair.
Nancy Robinette as Grace Ann, Kimberly Schraf as Cornelia and Holly Twyford as Sissie in the Ford’s Theatre Society production of Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children, directed by Mark Ramont. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

The Carpetbagger’s Children

In a series of charming, humorous and poignant vignettes, Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children weaves a captivating tapestry of family secrets, small-town life and private tragedies.

date January 21, 2011 — February 13, 2011

At the center of the play are sisters Cornelia, Grace Anne and Sissie, daughters of a Union soldier who moved south after the war. The sisters’ bonds are challenged as they seek to preserve the family’s Texas plantation in an era of startling growth and change.

Director of Theatre Programming Mark Ramont (The Rivalry) directs this powerful and thoughtful exploration of one family’s life in the Post-Reconstruction South. An Academy Award-winning playwright, Foote won the 2002 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics New Play Award for The Carpetbagger’s Children. Washington favorites Nancy Robinette, Kimberly Schraf and Holly Twyford star in the Ford’s Theatre premiere of a play by one of the nation’s most prolific writers for stage and screen.

Artistic Team

Written by Horton Foote
Director Mark Ramont
Scenic Design Robin Stapley
Costume Design Helen Huang
Lighting Design Matthew Richards
Original Music and Sound Design Matthew M. Nielson
Wig Design Anne Nesmith
Dialects Leigh Wilson Smiley
Production Stage Manager Brandon Prendergast
Assistant Stage Manager Kate Kilbane


Nancy Robinette

Grace Anne

Kimberly Schraf


Headshot for Holly Twyford.

Holly Twyford


Silhouette of a human head on black.

Tory Carter

Other Voices

Stephen F. Schmidt

Other Voices

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