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Where Trouble Sleeps

adapted from the novel by Clyde Edgerton
Cast Size: 11 (5M, 4W, 2C)
Sergeant Floyd fifties, prison guard
Alease Toomey thirties; housewife, mother, Christian
Stephen Toomey nine; Alease’s son
Terry Daniels a neighbor boy, also nine-years-old
Train Redding forties; wheelchair-bound, owns gas station
Blake Redding thirties; Train’s younger brother
Dorothea Clark late fifties; church secretary
Preacher Crenshaw forties; minister
Cheryl Daniels nineteen; Terry’s older sister, waitress
Harvey Toomey late thirties; Alease’s husband
Bea Blaine seventies; Dorothea’s older sister.
Jack Umstead thirty-five; handsome, a stranger in town
*Note: The role of Sergeant Floyd and Harvey Toomey are to be played by the same actor.


As the result of a messy head-on collision, the town of Listre has put up a blinker light at its single intersection. But that light soon attracts unwanted attention in the form of Jack Umstead, a car thief who decides to make Listre the scene of his next crime. As he waits for the right moment to strike, he encounters the townsfolk whose lives will change forever w hen a dog named Trouble wakes up from his nap.

Two Acts
Approximate Running Time: 1h 50min

Production History

2009 Finalist in Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

Where Trouble Sleeps was first produced in 2010 by Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA), Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director.


“…playwriting at its best”
Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier