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“A Good Year for Limas”

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Yancey, Dwayne (American playwright, journalist, 1958-____), “A Good Year for Limas,”

a 30-minute dark comedy in English, set in a house in the rural American South, July 31, 1976,

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; © 2002 by Dwayne Yancey; • in Dwayne Yancey’s A Good Year for Limas (Fincastle, Virginia, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Greensboro Playwrights’ Forum, CatNo:169, c/o City Arts, 200 North Davie Street, Box #2, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401, U.S.A., or http://www.ci.greensboro.nc.us/culture/cityarts/catalog2.htm or stephen.hyers@ci.greensboro.North Carolina.us; • or, script/rights available from Dwayne Yancey, 1791 Mount Pleasant Church Road, Fincastle, Virginia 24090, U.S.A., e-mail dwayne.yancey@roanoke.com, telephone (home) 540-473-3313, (work) 540-981-3113.; Greensboro Playwrights' Forum's New Play Catalog says,

§ Dramatis Personae Vicki, (f), teenager, a bookish high school graduate; Lisa (f), Vicki’s friend, also a recent high school graduate; Grandmother (f), a bossy cook.

§ Synopsis “. . . [The] play explores rural life, the 1970s, and America’s future in the space. The date is important—that’s the day NASA was scheduled to announce whether Viking I had found life on Mars. A teenage girl spends the day shelling lima beans, and anxiously awaiting the news, because she’s convinced it will change her future.”—Greensboro Playwrights' Forum's New Play Catalog.

§ Another Synopsis “Set in the rural South on July 31, 1976, the play explores rural life, the 1970s, and America’s future in the space. The date is important—that’s the day NASA was scheduled to announce whether Viking I had found life on Mars. A teenage girl spends the day shelling lima beans, and anxiously awaiting the news, because she’s convinced it will change her future.”—Dwayne Yancey via ftp November 11, 2003.

§ Comment “Vicki awaits word from the Viking 1 experiments about whether there’s life on Mars, as this will determine whether she studies microbiology or chemistry. Lisa, also just graduated from high school, can’t decide between going to work as a hairstylist or sewing factory worker. Grandmother, Vicki’s bossy grandmother, obsesses over canning. • Set can be minimal. • To be historically accurate, the play mentions sex and drugs. They are negative references, but may be enough to make some high schools squeamish. Some can be omitted, others are harder to eliminate.”—Yancey.

§ Themes 1970s, adolescence, American South, future in space, history, life on Mars, space, teenage, rural, Viking I.



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