Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1970s, 1950s
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Cutting Approved for Competition
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
In a small town dime store in West Texas, the "Disciples of James Dean" gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle-aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed Gianttwo decades ago in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The ladies' congenial reminiscences mingle with flash backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.
"Captures convincingly the atmosphere of the 1950s." - W.W.D
"A work of amazing dramatic power... ingenious, shocking... funny, brimming with pathos, wise and full of wonder at the sometimes sinister tricks of life. The best play I have seen in years." - Gannet Newspapers
"A challenging piece of theatre" - The London Standard
The play was first produced by Players Theatre in Columbus, Ohio opening September 30, 1975. It was directed by the author. The play received its professional premier by the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in February, 1977. It was directed by Fred Chappell and starred Dana Ivey and Fannie Flagg. The Broadway production opened February 18, 1982. It was directed by Robert Altman.