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Cavedweller - Full Length Play


Dorothy Allison, Kate Moira Ryan

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2m, 6f

ISBN: 9780822219910

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Dorothy Allison, CAVEDWELLER fol…

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Adaptations (Literature)


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Adapted from the bestselling novel by Dorothy Allison, CAVEDWELLER follows Delia Byrd, the forty-year-old lead singer of the group Mud Dog whose rock-star boyfriend has just died in an accident, as she decides to leave Los Angeles and return home to rural Georgia with her teenage daughter, Cissy, in tow. Back in Georgia is the ex-husband, now dying of cancer, and the two daughters, Dede and Amanda, that Delia abandoned fourteen years ago. Dede, who seems most like her mother, is the wild and rebellious one, fast on the road to becoming an alcoholic and the town tramp. Amanda, in contrast, has sublimated her anger into becoming a sanctimonious, Bible– thumping fundamentalist. To rebuild a family from the ruins she left behind, Delia has her work cut out for her, but in those ruins and in that work lies the promise of her redemption.
"…full of lionhearted female characters…and focused on the morally unassailable theme of the redemptive power of love." —NY Times. "…engrossing and even piercing." —The New Yorker. "…an uplifting message of redemption and renewal." —NY Daily News. "These are characters worth getting to know." —Variety. "…authentic and honest…" —NYTheatre.com.


2m, 6f


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Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is an award-winning editor for Quest, Conditions, and Outlook. Allison's chapbook of poetry, “The Women Who Hate Me,” was published with Long Haul Press in 1983. Her short story collection, Trash (1988), was published by Firebrand Books. Trash won two Lambda Literary Awards and the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing. Allison received mainstream ... view full profile

Kate Moira Ryan

Kate Moira Ryan. Recent Projects: The Judy Show written with and for Judy Gold is currently playing at the Daryl Roth Theater off-Broadway. She was recently part of Atlantic Theater's 10x25 series and Theater Breaking Through Boundaries Sum of Our Parts. Her play, Bass for Picasso opened off-Broadway at the Kirk Theater and was produced by Theater Breaking Through Boundaries, one of the few ... view full profile

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