Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

by Ed Graczyk

directed by Kathy Strouse.

Audition Dates:  January 14 & 15 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at LTN

Call Backs:  January 16  7:00 pm (if needed)

Performance Dates:  March 8 - 31; Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Sundays at 2:30PM


What to expect: 

Auditions will consist of readings from the script.  Sides will be provided at the auditions.

Rehearsals will be 7:00 - 9:30 PM Monday through Thursday at the theater, and will include a Saturday or Sunday rehearsal, day and time TBA based on cast availability.

Show Description:   

The dusty and drought ridden town of McCarthy Texas is drying up and dying.  The heat is oppressive, and more and more people are leaving for better things.  Nonetheless, Mona has arranged for the 20th anniversary gathering of the “Disciples of James Dean”, a fan club for the iconic 50’s actor who lost his life at after only 6 films in a tragic auto accident at age 24.  Set in 1975 in Kressmont’s Five and Dime, an old-time notions store that hasn’t changed much since the 1920’s, the long-anticipated reunion will hardly go as planned.  Old wounds will be reopened, secrets revealed, hard truths and 20 year old lies confronted. 

Moving seamlessly between 1955 and 1975, we see the characters as they were both then and now in this lovely memory play of love, friendship and forgiveness. 


MONA: 37-38.  The founder of the Disciples of James Dean and once upon a time an extra in the 1956 movie “Giant”. She has always claimed her child is the son of James Dean, and for many years visitors flocked to see the child on display at Kressmont’s in McCarthy, Texas where Mona worked. Those days are gone, and McCarthy is dying of drought and desertion.

SISSY: 37-38.  Wise cracking, wild and generous with a heart of gold, Sissy has always been known for her impressive chest.  Maybe the guys were more interested in her assets than in who she really was.  Her new plan is to leave Frank’s Truck Stop and McCarthy forever to join the Ice Capades. 

JUANITA: 60s.  The proprietor of Kressmont’s Five and Dime, neither she nor the store has changed much in the past 20-40 years.  More than an employer, she has been something of a mother figure to the girls.  But Juanita has secrets of her own, and she will have to face some painful truths before the night is over.

STELLA MAY: 37-38.  Country club member and wife of a well to do wildcatter, Stella shook the dust of McCarthy off her heels years ago.  But old friends are the best, and she is excited to join the Disciples for a reunion and a night of drinking and fun.  She would die rather than admit the one thing missing from her life, the one thing she longs for above all else.

EDNA LOUISE: 33-35. Sweet and guileless, she is pregnant with her 7th.  She was the youngest member of the Disciples and the scribe.  Edna was hoping for an enjoyable reunion of old friends.  That isn’t exactly what she gets.

JOANNE: 37-38.  At first unrecognized by the group, Joanne is believed to be a stranger.  But as she reveals things which seem impossible for her to know, the gang realizes more has changed than her name.  (Ideally seeking a trans actress for this role.)

MONA THEN: 17. Young Mona in 1955.

SISSY THEN: 17. Young Sissy in 1955.

JOE: 17. In 1955.  A troubled waif, struggling to fit in, but scorned by the town, Joe is the only male member of the Disciples.  They are his only friends.  He also loves Mona with all of his young heart.


For further information, contact Kathy Strouse via email at or text 757-630-1214.

 “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.