And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson.
In Jackson, a small town in rural Indiana, Elizabeth Ann Willow lives with her father and mother. Crippled at birth with polio, Elizabeth Ann is confined to a wheelchair and must wear leg braces, which cuts her off from the other children and prevents her regular attendance at school. Although she tries to reach out and make friends, Elizabeth Ann is increasingly isolated...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published December 28th 1986 by Dramatist's Play Service
(first published October 1st 1986)
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I am in love with the construction of this play. The storytelling is abstract and challenging, but the characters are vivid, real, and recognizable. There's some fairly heavy subject matter, so I'm not sure if I'm ready to commit to this one as the fall play yet. I might need to run this by some colleagues first. Still though, a beautiful and heartbreaking look at an important subject; at some point, I'd love to tackle this one with my actors.
I first found this play when looking for a monologue. It wasn’t until I read the entire piece did I realize how beautiful it is. I love the idea that the same four actors play different children and adults in Jackson. It adds to Elizabeth’s madness, but also shows the audience how everyone in the town is virtually the same when it comes to prejudice again her. My favorite part is the emotional ending when the children rip the braces off of Elizabeth’s legs. It is almost as emotional and devastat...more