Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean – Iowa State University Theatre Production

by Ed Graczyk

black and white drawing of james dean


In a small-town dime store in West Texas, the Disciples of James Dean gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle-aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed “Giant” two decades ago in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived by Dean on the set; the child is the Jimmy Dean of the title. The ladies’ reminiscences mingle with flash-backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning and momentarily unrecognized woman sets off a series of confrontations that upset their self-deceptions and expose their well-hidden disappointments.

March 31 and April 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 8 p.m.; April 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

Maria Samson as Joanne and Ada Evans as Juanita in ISU Theatre's production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." Photo by Patrick Gouran.

Maria Samson as Joanne and Ada Evans as Juanita in ISU Theatre’s production of “Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.” Photo by Patrick Gouran.

Juanita – Ada Evans
Mona – Deb Swinford
Mona (Then) – Kristin Halsey
Sissy – Amy Willroth
Sissy (Then) – Cathy Divine
Joe – Lars Olson
Joanne – Maria Samson
Stella May – Kelli Thoma
Edna Louise – Robin Cato

Production Team

Director – Patrick D. Gouran
Scenic Designer – Fritz Szabo
Costume Designer – Jane Cox
Lighting Designer – George Dowker
Technical Director – George Dowker
Assistant Director – Brian McIntire
Assistant to the Set Designer – Kim Dunlap
Stage Manager – Mark Rogers
Assistant Stage Manager – Susan Kath
Lighting Designer – Jim Lile
Dialect Coach – Dr. Cheryl Gunter
Hairstyle and Makeup Designer – Karla Fritsch
Properties Master – Rick Peaks
Special Rigging – Mike Broich
Light Board Operator – Brian Duster
Sound Board Operator – Tom Ford
Master Electrician – Jim Lile
Publicist – Carole Horowitz
Program and Poster Design – Susan Bruhn
Secretary – Deb Tjelta

Read about it in the Iowa State Daily and Ames Tribune.