Sand Pies and Scissorlegs

by  Mark Dunn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 4f

This gentle southern comedy by the author of Belles and Minus Some Buttons is about two sisters and a brother who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. A play about the sometimes reluctant passage from childhood to adulthood and about how difficult it is to trade the safety and security of youth for the problems and responsibilities of the world of the adult.

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Sand Pies and Scissorlegs

by  Mark Dunn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This gentle southern comedy is about two sisters and a brother who find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. As children they ran away from an unhappy foster home in Ohio and headed for Disney World. They made it as far as a small resort town on the Alabama gulf coast where they moved in with a couple with Down Syndrome, who became their surrogate parents. It's now one year after the couple's death, and tough decisions must be made about the beach house which has been Patty and Joshalynn and Nicky's home for the last twenty years, and about what these three will be doing with the rest of their lives. It's a play about the sometimes reluctant passage from childhood to adulthood and about how difficult it is to trade the safety and security of youth for the problems and responsibilities of the world of the adult.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The play is set in the "present" in mid September. The action takes place in a small beach house on the Alabama gulf coast.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 4f
NICKY PHELPS - 24
JOSHALYNN PHELPS - 28
DARIS CUMBY - 30
PATTY PHELPS - 26
NOVELLA CUMBY - mid-50s
EVELYN GRUBER - 50s
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is the author of over thirty full-length plays, with two of his one-acts and eleven of his full-lengths published in acting edition by Samuel French, Inc. His award-winning plays BELLES, FIVE TELLERS DANCING IN THE RAIN, NORTH FORK: A TEXAS TRAGICOMEDY and A DELIGHTFUL QUARANTINE have together been produced ...

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Sand Pies and Scissorlegs opened in New York City on November 6, 1991 at the American Theatre for Actors. It was directed by Valerie Harris.

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