When Addie Malcolm, living in poverty in the Kentucky coal-mining mountains during the Depression, finds a $50 gold piece hidden in her husband’s dresser, she sets off a chain of events that upends her life as she knows it. Her estranged daughter admits to gross infidelities, and Joseph Malcolm confesses that the coin was paid to him by Addie’s father—to marry his plain daughter. But when Addie admits to smothering her sick baby to put it out of its pain, the Malcolm family finally begins to heal. The play is about what lengths people will go to when they are pushed beyond endurance.
Barter Theatre Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwriting, 2010 Finalist, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Competition, 2010 Winner, Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship/Residency, 2010 Semi-Finalist, Seven Devils Playwriting Conference, 2009