In partnership with playwright Ed Graczyk, Four Things Productions is privileged to bring to life this remarkable play.
Presented on Broadway, in 1982, with Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Kathy Bates and Sudie Bond, this classic play returns to the stage for one night only.  



ABOUT THE PLAY

Set in a small town dime store in West Texas, the "Disciples of James Dean" gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle-aged women, one of them, who was an extra in the film GIANT starring James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor in nearby Marfa, TX, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean, during the filming. The ladies' congenial reminiscences mingle with flash backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments.


The play was first produced by Players Theatre in Columbus, Ohio opening September 30, 1975. It was directed by Ed Graczyk. The play received its professional premier by the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, in February, 1977. It was directed by Fred Chappell and starred Dana Ivey and Fannie Flagg. The Broadway production opened February 18, 1982. It was directed by Robert Altman and starred Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, Kathy Bates, Sudie Bond, Marta Heflin and Mark Patton.



Ed Graczyk  PLAYWRIGHT

Ed Graczyk is probably best known as the author of “Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” The play was produced on Broadway starring Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black and Kathy Bates and directed by Robert Altman. It has been translated into eight languages and has received close to 1,000 productions worldwide, and counting.

A successful film, COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, with the same cast and director, received the Best Film Award at the Chicago International Film Festival (the first American film to do so) and appeared on the year-end ten best film lists of the Boston Globe, USA Today and LA Times. At the Belgium International Film Festival Ed Graczyk received the award for Best Screenplay.

Mr. Graczyk’s “A Murder of Crows” premiered at Players Theatre of Columbus in Columbus, Ohio, where Graczyk was Producing Artistic Director for twenty years.  It was then produced Off-Broadway starring Kim Hunter and Michael Higgins. “Hometown Heroes” was awarded the Rosenthal New Play Prize by the Cincinnati Playhouse where it was produced starring Ralph Waite and M Emmett Walsh. It has also been produced by the Sacramento Theatre Company, as well.  “A Country Christmas Carol”, a musical retelling of the Dickens classic with music by David Tolley and lyrics by John Dempsey (“The Witches of Eastwick,” “The Fix.”), also premiered at Players Theatre Columbus. Set in rural Ohio during the Depression, this play was produced every Christmas for four years starring Russ Thacker.

Graczyk’s other plays include “Weeds” and “My Time Ain’t Long,” a one-man play for Keith Carradine on the life of Jimmie Rodgers, the father of country music.

His latest play, “The Blue Moon Dancing” recently premiered at the Contemporary Theatre  of Dallas.

Among his twelve plays for young people are the rock musicals, “Aesop’s Falables,”  “Electric Folderol“ and “To Be.” Others include “Livin’ de Life!,” based on the stories of Joel Chandler Harris, “The Rude Mechanicals,” “Imagine That!,”  “Appleseed: a play of peace,” and “Courage: a play of war.” He has received the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup awarded annually by the Children’s Theatre Association of America to “an outstanding writer of children’s plays who has received national recognition.”

Graczyk has been recognized by the Ohio Theatre Alliance for his contribution to theatre in the State of Ohio and is  a recipient of the Ohioana Library Award.

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