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Forging Communities of Virtue

A review of
The Amish Project.
A Play By Jessica Dickey.


Reviewed by
Chris Smith.

The Amish Project.
A Play By Jessica Dickey.
Paperback: Samuel French, 2010.
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[ Watch an interview with the playwright about this play… ]

The Amish Project - Jessica DickeyI was born with a little bit of Amish blood in my ancestry and over the years, I have been fortunate to have had interactions with Amish communities in five different states. Although I have some significant theological differences with the Amish, I deeply respect their communities and think that modern Western culture can learn much from their way of life.  I was intrigued therefore to hear that Jessica Dickey had penned a new play – her debut as a playwright – that reflects on Amish culture and specifically the tragedy of the Nickel Mines shooting.  We typically don’t review plays here in The Englewood Review of Books, as plays are best reviewed in their performance, not simply in the reading of the text, but I did want to draw attention to this new work, The Amish Project.  Dickey’s play, a one-woman show that debuted off-Broadway in New York at the Rattlestick Theatre with Dickey herself in the acting role, offers a poignant exploration of the Nickel Mines shooting – through the eyes and ears of a cast of seven fictional characters.  Dickey’s writing has rich, poetic qualities throughout, spare and exquisite *. Continue Reading…