Hillbilly Women

by  Elizabeth Stearns, Kathy Kahn, Clint Ballard, Jr.

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7f

"Not only a powerful play but a work of art which is entitled to stand... as a classic and artistic documentation of the generations and the grossness of life in Appalachia." - Meriden Morning Record and Journal.

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Based on interviews in Appalachia, this docu drama features seven women who reveal in song and narrative their personal stories of survival against incredible odds.
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Reviews

"Not only a powerful play but a work of art which is entitled to stand... as a classic and artistic documentation of the generations and the grossness of life in Appalachia." - Meriden Morning Record and Journal.

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance

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  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The recent past. Here and now.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

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Casting

7f
DELLA ROYCE - 25-35 years-old. Living in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally from Hendersonville, North Carolina. She is more sophisticated than the other women. Earthy like her mother, Jewel, she is also self-assured, skeptical and attractive.
SIDDY LONG - 65-85 years old. From Harlan County, Kentucky. She is combative, witty resilient and creative; a "song" writer steeped in the union movement of the southeast Kentucky miners.
SHARLEEN WHITENOUR - 25-35 years-old. From Knucklesville, Georgia. Attractive, outgoing and with a deep need to belong. She is a co-worker with Denise and Ada in the "sewing" factory.
JEWEL ROYCE BALLARD - 45-55 years-old. From Hendersonville, North Carolina. Former mill worker, raised in the mill village. She is gregarious, a "scrapper" with a good sense of humor and self. She is extroverted and candid.
BETTY JO COLLINS - 35-45 years old. Living in "over the Rhine" but expatriated from Kentucky, she is slightly naive, sometimes shy; like th eother women, she is a survivor.
ADA OWINGS - 40-50 years old. From Copperhill, Tennessee, Ada is Denise's peer in the factory and her childhood friend. Ada is a large, comfortable, "Juno-esque" woman: dogged, deeply religous and not very bright.
DENISE WHITTAKER BRADSHAW - 40-50 years old. Born and raised in Macaysville, Georgia. She is a former factory worker and is now the leader in her own "sewing" factory. She is quiet, plain spoken and keeps a low profile.
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  • All Female

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Authors

Elizabeth Stearns

Elizabeth Stearns

Kathy Kahn

Kathy Kahn

Clint Ballard, Jr.

Clint Ballard, Jr. was a successful American songwriter who, over the course of his career wrote numerous charting singles. Some of his most recognized songs are “You’re No Good” (Linda Ronstadt), “Game of Love” (Wayne Fontana), and “I’m Alive” (the Hollies). Two of his songs landed at the top of the ...

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HILLBILLY WOMEN was first presented at The Actors Studio in February, 1979. It was directed by Peter Bennett.

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