Ed Graczyk has had a very successful career in the theatre as a director, designer, administrator, and playwright. He has worked with a variety of theatre companies including the Hartford Stage Company, Front Street Theatre, Honolulu Community Theatre and the Erie Playhouse. As a playwright, Mr. Graczyk has written adult dramas, musical revues and numerous plays for children. He has received the Charlotte Chorpenning Cup from the American Children's Theatre Association and was recognized by the Ohio Theatre Alliance for his achievements in theatre in the State of Ohio. His long standing commitment to Players TheatreColumbus as both Artistic Director and Producing Director allowed him to design and direct both the original production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and its fifteenth year anniversary production as well as directing many other acclaimed productions for the Company.
In the program of the premiere of ...Jimmy Dean at Players TheatreColumbus Mr. Graczyk said of the play...
...Jimmy Dean can only be described as the result of my own observations and frustrations with progress that ignores a past; the lack of personalization and pride and the recurring need of people to build facades to conceal the truths of their lives. It is the facade that makes abnormal people seem normal and the sad people seem happy. A personal observation which I feel makes the people I write about, colorful, theatrical, but most of all, honest.
The inspiration for Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean came many years ago during my five year association with the Midland Community Theatre in west Texas. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit Marfa, the site used by Warner Bros. in filming Giant. The only remaining evidence of the film was the facade of the mansion Reata used to film the on location scenes, now crumbling and supported by six telephone poles. It was the memory of that site, the pace of the people and the vivid recollection of the '50's idol James Dean on the youth of the period that resulted in the writing of this play.
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