WACKY JACKY &

AUNT EVANGELINE

A One-Act Play

 

An aunt and niece clash behind a Wal-Mart at midnight in Tucson. Aunt Evangeline wants to know why Jackie left Wal-Mart without letting her know, but Jackie wants to just leave for the bus stop so she can get home. Jackie's disobedience forces Evangeline to make a terrible decision that will change their lives forever. 

2 F, any race.

ONE ACT - DRAMEDY - 12-15 Mins.

Always free for classroom use -- just contact me first.

 

Production History

None.

Development HIstory

Staged reading, Arizona State University, Tempe, 2010.

Wyndham’s plays always hit me in the gut — because they’re -funny-, these characters are so true, are so -serious- about themselves... until, suddenly, it’s not funny anymore. Because his characters are desperate, and desperate people make desperate choices. I love Evangeline. I love Jackie. What they do to one another in this short play hurts: because Wyndham has given us dignity, humor, and grace — and then the characters, in their desperation, snatch grace away from each other. Deeply heartbreaking and beautiful.
— Jordan Elizabeth Henry
Wyndham doesn’t pull any punches in this honest look at a last-chance family who at once desperately need each other yet aren’t really equipped to help each other. The characters both feel very real and their decisions, though regrettable, feel genuine.
— Marilyn Anne Campbell
Wyndham captures two versions of one thing here through two characters, one a common sight within a Wal-Mart, the other more upsettingly seen in a city park. This one-act pits two diametrically opposed understandings and search-missions for the concept of home, and although at times comical, it never feels patronizing towards its subjects. These characters are angry and on edge, but impressively not cartoons or caricatures. There’s an underlying desperation, a sense of being lost, hence a searching or destination-seeking on both their parts.
— Ricardo Soltero-Brown