The Amish Project

by  Jessica Dickey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f

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.

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The Amish Project

The Amish Project

by  Jessica Dickey

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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.com, Read 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 Tribune, Read More

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: 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.

Casting

1f
ALL ROLES ARE PLAYED BY ONE ACTRESS
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.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

A single actress performs all of the roles in the play.  Distinctions between characters are made by changes in the tonal qualities and pitch of the actress’ voice; through her stance, posture, and gesture.  She glides fluidly from one personality to the next.  

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Authors

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 t ...

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The Amish Project was first produced at the New York International Fringe Festival on August 8, 2008 in the Players Loft. 

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