James Dean Fan Club Goes on Stage

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Photo of a scene from the UK Theatre Dept. play “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”
A scene from the UK Theatre Department play “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”

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The play is a comedy-drama that focuses on a James Dean fan club and its 20-year reunion at a dime store in McCarthy, Texas. The character, Mona, who appeared briefly in James Dean's movie “Giant,” shares an incredible story about her time on the set and her brush with stardom. Audiences follow the lives of eight incredible women from the club’s initiation in 1955 to its emotional reunion in 1975.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2004) -- “Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” written by Ed Graczyk, continues the University of Kentucky theatre department's 2003-2004 season with performances Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-29 in the Guignol Theatre.

Show times are 8 p.m. for evening performances and 2 p.m. for matinees. Ticket prices are $12 for the general public, $10 for UK faculty and staff, and $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the Singletary Center Ticket Office or by calling (859) 257-4929, or online.

The play is a comedy-drama that focuses on a James Dean fan club and its 20-year reunion at a dime store in McCarthy, Texas. The character, Mona, who appeared briefly in James Dean's movie “Giant,” shares an incredible story about her time on the set and her brush with stardom. Audiences follow the lives of eight incredible women from the club’s initiation in 1955 to its emotional reunion in 1975.

"It's a contemporary comedy with great roles for women," said director Russell Henderson, who chose this play because it “addresses a lot of contemporary issues in an interesting way."


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