the dig

Half Memory, Half Mystery Play

“Like the different strata of artifacts found at ancient sites, THE DIG has many layers... a compelling mystery..."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Five actors (2W, 3M). Diversity welcome.

Mattie's brilliant older brother Jamie told her of myths when she was growing up in Galena, Illinois. As a lonely girl of fourteen she said goodbye to Jamie when he flew across the globe for a career in archaeology. On a dig in Lebanon in 1968, he had a psychological breakdown, transforming him forever. Thirty years later, an international inquiry compels Mattie, now a successful businesswoman, to investigate the provenance of an ancient pot from her brother’s past. Moving between layers of the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘90s, THE DIG dramatizes Mattie’s belated realization of her loss – and acceptance of who her brother has become.

Simple single set for quick shifts in time and place

1 hour, 45 minutes

Premiere Production: Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI - 2009
Readings / Workshops:
   Winter Play Reading Festival, Third Avenue Playhouse, Sturgeon Bay, WI - 2018
   Taliesin, Spring Green, WI - 2008
   (Act I) Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN - 2007
   Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Sewanee, TN - 2007
   (Act I) Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison, WI - 2005

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize - Nominee - 2009
Playwrights' Center Lab - Finalist - 2009
Playwrights First - Semi-Finalist - 2009


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