Kidding Jane

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Jane Williams-Dane,
37, a woman of means, white.
Martin Dane,
47, her husband, a wealthy stockbroker, black.
Kate Dane,
their daughter, a ghost.
Kidd Trick,
16, a would-be rap artist, black.

The play takes place in Marthas Vineyard and Philadelphia.

Kidding Jane follows a wealthy interracial couple, JANE and MARTIN Dane, as they struggle to come to terms with the senseless murder of their daughter, Kate. After her killer receives the death penalty, they leave Philadelphia for Martha’s Vineyard, and MARTIN seems ready to move on.

Then JANE insists on fostering KIDD, a juvenile delinquent from Philadelphia, who reminds them both of Kate’s killer. As JANE attempts to ‘fix’ KIDD, he instead reveals increasingly uncomfortable truths about the Dane’s relationship.

Development/Production History:

Staged as part of Dayton Playhouse‘s 2005 FutureFest

2002  Staged Reading at the Stella Adler Conservatory
Directed by Keith Lee Grant, Featuring Ellen McLaughlin, Keith Powell,
and Bill Mitchell

Workshopped in the Portland Stage Company’s 2000-2001
“Little Festival of the Unexpected”

Finalist in the 2001 Clauder Competition for Excellence in Playwriting

Finalist in the Playwrights’ Theater’s “Plays for the 21st Century”

Runner-up for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship

Honorable Mention in Stage 3’s New Play Contest

Published in anthology form by Stage and Screen

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