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Walking Across Egypt

adapted from the novel by Clyde Edgerton
Available from Dramatic Publishing
Cast Size: 7 (5M, 2W)
Mattie Rigsbee seventy-eight; Southern Baptist, bakes cornbread
Robert Rigsbee her fifty-three year old son; single, collects lamps
Alora Swanson fifties; Mattie’s soap-opera-loving neighbor
Finner Swanson fifties; Alora’s gun-toting husband
Lamar Benfield late twenties; a dogcatcher
Wesley Benfield sixteen, Lamar’s nephew and a car thief
Reverend Bass forties; the minister of Listre Baptist
Sheriff Tillman forties; the town sheriff

Synopsis

When Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her porch she decides she’s too old to keep it and calls the dogcatcher. Little does she know that the dogcatcher, Lamar Benfield, will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a delinquent named Wesley who is as desperate for family as she is. Armed with only her mouth-watering cornbread and a deep abiding faith, Mattie is determined to woo Wesley to the side of God and good Southern manners… if she can manage to stay out of jail herself.

Two Acts
Approximate Running Time: 2h

Production History

Walking Across Egypt was first produced in 2013 by Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA), Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director.

Reviews

"…one of the most heart-warming productions to grace the grand old Barter boards…”
Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier