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Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio?
Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio?
Received the PEN Center USA West Playwriting Award!

"Jimmie is great theater." —Marinscope Community Newspaper

"Fearsomely intimate … the play's heady late spring atmosphere … the images created … twirling in the moonlight as she [Melinda] anoints herself with sugar … deliver a wallop." —San Francisco Chronicle
By Cheryldee Huddleston.

Cast: 2m., 3w. Moonshine and moonlight combine forces with the mildly miraculous in this Southern tale—darkly poignant and comic—of an ageless, mute woman. In a dying Tennessee trailer park in 1966, Melinda wanders through the nearby woods, dressed in a dirty white nightgown, alternately abused and neglected by her embittered mother, Jessica, whose man hunger "wilts small plants." J.T., an unflappable 13-year-old girl, Melinda's only friend, delights in rumors that the "speechless" woman is a witch. Purveying a possibly supernatural jar of moonshine, Leonard Pager, a middle-aged black man out of place in white Cookeville, stops for dessert with Jessica and finds he has a high price to pay for a piece of pie. Just out after a year in jail, Jimmie Orrio sleeps in the next trailer. It seems Jimmie was in jail for shooting a cowboy twice over something bad the cowboy was doing to a horse. On Jimmie's trailer are the words, "I Love You, Jimmie Orrio," scrawled in red crayon. Who wrote them? Melinda has been waiting a year for Jimmie Orrio to come back. What happened a year ago? Melinda, under the moonlight, pours sugar over her body, highlighting a hoof-shaped imprint on her forehead; it looks as though she's been kicked by a small horse. Mysteries are answered as, propelled by the potent jar of moonshine and the healing touch of an outsider, a minor miracle presents itself and shows Melinda that the dirt road outside the trailer park has always led to freedom. One ext. set. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  W95
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  58
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583421653
Publication Date: 05/16/2003
Cheryldee Huddleston received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, under the tutelage of Julie Jensen and the late Davey Marlin-Jones. In 2002, her play Who Loves You, Jimmie Orrio? won the prestigious PEN USA West Coast Literary Award for Drama. Her play Prodigals has been produced at L.A.'s Odyssey Theatre and off-Broadway's Vital Theatre. Children ...More
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