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Dancing Turtle

Thomas M. Atkinson

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  3f, 1m

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
    3f, 1m
  • Duration
    Duration
    10 minutes
Accolades
Accolades
  • Winner! Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival
Description
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.
History
Presented in the 38th Annual Samuel French Off Off-Broadway Short Play Festival.

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Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

The stage should be empty except for a slatted park bench with a blue Rollator (a combination walker/wheelchair) behind it.

Casting

3f, 1m
Cast Attributes
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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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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