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Amish Project, The (Ensemble) - Full Length Play, Drama

Amish Project, The (Ensemble)

Jessica Dickey

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Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573701061

Now availble for ensembles! A fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



75 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Set in what could almost be called a psychic space, and should therefore be very sparse. It should represent the natural beauty and simplicity of the Amish country of rural Pennsylvania.


Cutting Approved for Competition, Monologues, Competition or audition material

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. Originally a solo show, The Amish Project has now been adapted for an ensemble.

Click here for original, one-woman version.


"Extraordinary... compelling... the play is also a remarkable piece of writing. — The New York Times, Read More

"The Amish Project is thought-provoking, compelling theatre..." — nytheatre.comRead More

"[Dickey's] craft made me weep. The virtuosic writer-performer acts her bonnet off." — Time Out New York, Read More 

"Dickey, as formidable a playwright as she is a performer, tackles metaphysical subjects with power and empathy...must-see!" - The Star TribuneRead More

The original version of The Amish Project, a play for one actor, was first produced at the New York International Fringe Festival on August 8, 2008 in the Players Loft. 



3m, 4f


Ensemble cast, Expandable casting, Flexible casting


In the original production, a single actress performed all seven of the original roles in the play. Distinctions between characters were made by changes in the voice and body. With that in mind, the ensemble of The Amish Project should feel as “one”—connected to one another, constantly longing for and frightened of and curious about one another. There are many ways to expand the ensemble to reflect the community of Nickel Mines during this tragedy.


N/A (Not a musical)

ANNA - Amish girl, age 14. Victim of the shooting.
CAROL STUCKEY - Widow of the gunman, age 31. English/non-Amish.
VELDA - Amish girl, age 6. Sister of Anna. Victim of the shooting.
BILL NORTH - English/non-Amish man, 50s. Scholar and professor on Amish culture, as well as friend and spokesman to several Amish families affected by the shooting.
AMERICA - Hispanic girl, age 16. Pregnant. Works in the local grocery store.
EDDIE STUCKEY - The gunman of schoolhouse shooting, age 33. English/non-Amish. Killed himself at the end of the schoolhouse attack.
SHERRY LOCAL - English, age 53. Resident of Nickel Mines, PA.

Additional/Optional Speaking Roles:
Fireman in the firehouse scene with Bill North
Aaron the Amish father
Amish Mother (Aaron’s wife)
Amish Son (Aaron’s son)
Reporters (anywhere from one to three works well)
Sherry Local’s husband Ray
America’s Mother

It is also possible to have an Amish community, consisting of one family or several.

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

Jessica Dickey

Jessica Dickey

Jessica Dickey, a native of Pennsylvania, began her research on Amish culture in order to write her play The Amish Project, which was praised by audiences and critics alike during its Off-Broadway run at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the tragic events of the Nickel Mines shooting, when the local milkman walked ... view full profile

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Teresa Spencer 6/1/2015 11:24 PM
Our community theater performed this play for the state one act festival and did very well, being chosen as alternate to the Regional.

We cast age-appropriate, stuck to the original 7 actors, and cut the script to 55 minutes. It was great for a festival play. Plenty of meaty character work for the actors and creative staging opportunity for the director.
Ken Buswell 4/14/2015 7:17 AM
Michael Powell 4/22/2014 8:37 AM
While this play is compelling as a one women show, I thought it failed to make the transition to an ensemble production.  If you are looking for experimental theatre projects, it will work marvelously!  If you are looking for all the aspects supposedly found in the structure of a plot, you should keep looking elsewhere.

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