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The Miss

Firecracker Contest

By Beth Henley

Produced with special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

From Pulitzer Prize winner Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart), this dark Southern comedy tells the story of a small town beauty queen trying to save her tarnished reputation and leave town in a blaze of glory by winning the Miss Firecracker Contest. When her beautiful cousin, Elain, and Elain's estranged brother return to town, situations become more complicated. Join this eclectic cast of characters as they attempt to escape their pasts and find acceptance.

Directed by Kathryn Williams with assistance from Basillo Light.

Sponsored by Citizens Bank

"Who but Miss Henley can describe one tragedy after another and send us home smiling?"

- New York Times 

"It's a comic volcano of a play, populated by offbeat, but vital, larger-than-life characters"

- The Hollywood Reporter.

"…there is a story, with suspense and conflict—but where it shines is in the imagination of the playwright, in the characters she has created, in the strangeness and depth of their emotions, in the lines written for them to speak, and in her own astonishing, humorous vision."

- The New Yorker.


CARNELLE SCOTT: Jennifer Beall
POPEYE JACKSON: Alyssa Chapman
MAC SAM: Clayton Lubben
TESSY MAHONEY: Alanna Lawrence

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