Dancing Turtle

by  Thomas M. Atkinson

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1m, 3f

Dancing Turtle invites the audience into the inner life of a girl – damaged at birth – that is both painful and glorious, as she navigates the first longings of adulthood during a Native American stomp dance at a local Appalachian Festival.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Dancing Turtle invites the audience into the inner life of a girl – damaged at birth – that is both painful and glorious, as she navigates the first longings of adulthood during a Native American stomp dance at a local Appalachian Festival.

Published in Off Off Broadway Festival Plays, 38th Series.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The stage should be empty except for a slatted park bench with a blue Rollator (a combination walker/wheelchair) behind it.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 3f
MOLLY - female, perhaps 16 or 17, severely wracked by cerebral palsy, wearing a small, beaded leather bag around her neck

MARY (also INDIAN DANCER #1) - female, perhaps 20, Molly’s beautiful, idealized, elegant, articulate version of herself

MOTHER (also GIFT SHOP CLERK and  INDIAN DANCER #2) - female, 40-45, Molly’s mother

INDIAN BOY (also FATHER) – male, American Indian, 15-20, with long hair. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Teens
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Thomas M. Atkinson

Thomas M. Atkinson is a playwright and author. He is currently the Ohio Arts Council/Fine Arts Work Center Creative Writing Resident in Provincetown, MA. His full-length plays include, Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights, Copperheads, D’s Tire Towne, and the one-woman show, Cuttings< ...

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Presented in the 38th Annual Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. 

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