Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by  Ed Graczyk

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 8f

"Full of homespun humor [and] [...] surefire comic gems." - New York Post

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by  Ed Graczyk

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 8f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades


    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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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 Giant two 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 flashbacks 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.

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"Captures convincingly the atmosphere of the 1950s." - WWD

"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." - Gannett Newspapers

"A challenging piece of theatre" - The London Standard

"Full of home spun humor [and] [...] surefire comic gems." - New York Post


Friendship, Love, Memory


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: 1970s, 1950s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


1m, 8f
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Ed Graczyk

Ed Graczyk is probably best known as the author of Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The play was produced on Broadway directed by Robert Altman with a cast that included S ...

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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.

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