The Jacksonian : A Play

Description

In The Jacksonian, Beth Henley returns to the Southern Gothic storytelling that made her reputation with both critics and audiences. Set in a seedy motel in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, the play centers around Rosy, a troubled teenager, and Bill, her dentist father who has been living at the motel for several months as his wife, Susan, considers the disgrace of divorce. Fred, the motel bartender, and Eva, a waitress, are locked in a gruesome pact: he'll marry her if she agrees to help him evade punishment for a hideous crime. But Bill, turning to nitrous oxide to ease the pain of his life collapsing around him, is a convenient target for Eva's desperate desire for companionship. At the height of the violence associated with the civil rights movement, these characters gradually reveal the shameful secrets and psychological turmoil just beneath the surface of their insistent Southern gentility.

Details

Author(s)
Beth Henley
Format
Paperback | 112 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 340.19g
Publication date
30 Nov 2014
Publisher
Northwestern University Press
Publication City/Country
Evanston, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0810130653
ISBN13
9780810130654
Bestsellers rank
1,355,891