RUMFORD — 49 Franklin’s Mystic Theater and Paper Moon Players announce their tenth production, “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” by Ed Graczyk.

Tickets are $15 at the door, and advance sales are $12, available at Bartash’s and All That Jazz on Congress Street in Rumford. Also online at www.49franklin.com

They’re the “Disciples of James Dean,” six women whose past and present memories collide the evening of their fan club reunion. The little town of McCarthy Texas has one claim to fame: in 1955 Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean arrived to film the epic “Giant.” The girls, who idolized Dean, return as women two decades later to compare their lives with their expectations. Ed Graczyk’s comedy/drama tells the story of lost dreams and lost youth with a spectacular array of emotions and humor that will leave no one untouched.

Author Graczyk said of his play, “The inspiration for ‘Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ came from my five-year association with the Midland Community Theater in West Texas. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit Marfa, the site used by Warner Bros. in filming “Giant” The only remaining evidence was the façade of the mansion called Reata, used to film the location scenes, now crumbling and supported by six telephone poles. It was the memory of this site, the pace of the people and the vivid recollection of 50s idol James Dean on the youth of the period that resulted in the writing of this play.” The Broadway play and movie version were both directed by Robert Altman who retained his stage cast for the film, which featured Sandy Dennis, Cher, Kathy Bates and Karen Black.

Paper Moon Players, Director Keith A. Grassette has assembled his cast made up of the following River Valley talent: Gail Parent as Juanita, Margaret Donaghue as Mona, Abigayle Johnson as Mona (Then), Ronnie Hutchinson as Sissy, Hannah Leonard as Sissy (Then) Ronnie Russell as Joe, Lisa Picard as Stella May, Susie Puiia as Edna Louise and Rebecca Howard as Joanne.

“Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” will be presented Fridays and Saturdays, Sept. 11, 2, 18 and 19. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for seating, social, and snacks. All performances start at 7 p.m. This production contains mature content.


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