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A Town Like Irving

A Town Like Irving
Drama - 5m, 2w - single unit set


The town of Irving is a great place to settle down and raise a family. Or is it? Beneath the pleasant façade of this quiet little town lies a dark underside. When a savage hate crime is committed on the grounds of the town's high school, the residents of Irving must come to terms with their own prejudices and face the facts that all is not as it seems in a town like Irving. An unflinching look at the hypocrisies of middle America.


  • Rita Mitchell, 40's, a single mother
  • Tom Hawkins, 40's, a small town deputy sheriff
  • Jason Bernstein, 30's, a big city journalist
  • Ed MacDonald , 50's, a bar keep
  • Dodie MacDonald , 50's, a housewife
  • Arlin Jasper, 40's, a mailman
  • Denny Hedges, 20's, a bartender


  • New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL - Apr. - May 2003
    (dir. Barbara Lowery)


"A masterful work, a solid drama that explores the sinister edge that lurks beneath even the friendliest demeanor."
- Mary Damiano, Express

"A gripping, well-crafted piece that earns the tears it elicits."
- Christine Dolen, Miami Herald

"While The Laramie Project is not likely to be pushed off its pedestal (which it deserves), A Town Like Irving may well be the better play. It infuses the event with the art in a classic formula that fires the imagination."
- Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel

"Theatre at its best."
- Buddy Clark, Ent. News & Reviews


2003 Miami Herald "Top Ten Theatrical Events"
2003 Sun-Sentinel "10 Best Plays of the Year"
2001 FST's Florida Playwrights' Festival Finalist (Sarasota, FL)
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