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Walking Across Egypt

Adapted from the novel by Clyde Edgerton
  • Mary Lucy Bivins & Wendy Mitchell Piper
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Michael Poisson
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Mary Lucy Bivins
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Wendy Mitchell Piper & Nicholas Piper
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • David Alford & Justin Tyler Lewis
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Justin Tyler Lewis & Mary Lucy Bivins
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Sean Michael Flattery
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Mary Lucy Bivins
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Rick McVey
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

  • Mary Lucy Bivins
    Photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

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.

Cast

Mattie Rigsbee seventy-eight; Southern Baptist, bakes cornbread
Robert Rigsbee Mattie's 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

Specs

Cast Size: 7 (5m, 2w)
Approximate Run Time: 2h
Number of Acts: Two

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Production History

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

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2014 by NCSU TheatreFest (Raleigh, NC)

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2014 by Parkway Playhouse (Burnsville, NC)

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2019 by Theatre in the Park (New Salem, IL)



Reviews

"…one of the most heart-warming productions to grace the grand old Barter boards…”
Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
"Full of southern charm and southern themes that make it reminiscent of the ever-lauded Steel Magnolias, it’s a wonder this play isn’t put on more frequently…"
Susie Potter, Triangle Arts & Entertainment
A "joyful journey... complete with a healthy sense of humor, big laughs and humility."
Dennis Thread, Illinois Times
Cast Size: 7 (5m, 2w)
Approximate Run Time: 2h
Number of Acts: Two

Rights and scripts available from
Dramatic Publishing
Script Sample
Request Rights
Purchase Scripts

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.

Cast

Mattie Rigsbee
seventy-eight; Southern Baptist, bakes cornbread
Robert Rigsbee
Mattie's 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

Reviews

"…one of the most heart-warming productions to grace the grand old Barter boards…”
Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier
"Full of southern charm and southern themes that make it reminiscent of the ever-lauded Steel Magnolias, it’s a wonder this play isn’t put on more frequently…"
Susie Potter, Triangle Arts & Entertainment
A "joyful journey... complete with a healthy sense of humor, big laughs and humility."
Dennis Thread, Illinois Times

Production History

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

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2014 by NCSU TheatreFest (Raleigh, NC)

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2014 by Parkway Playhouse (Burnsville, NC)

Walking Across Egypt was produced in 2019 by Theatre in the Park (New Salem, IL)

Script Sample
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