The Amish Project

by  Jessica Dickey

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f

The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

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The Amish Project

The Amish Project

by  Jessica Dickey

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    90 minutes
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    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.

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"Extraordinary... compelling... the play is also a remarkable piece of writing. — The New York Times, Read More

"The Amish Project is thought-provoking, compelling theatre..." —, Read More

"[Dickey's] craft made me weep. The virtuosic writer-performer acts her bonnet off." — Time Out New York, Read More 

"Dickey, as formidable a playwright as she is a performer, tackles metaphysical subjects with power and empathy...must-see!" - The Star Tribune, Read More


Forgiving Gun Violence: The Amish Project Ten Years Later
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June 6, 2019


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Set in what could almost be called a psychic space, and should therefore be very sparse. It should represent the natural beauty and simplicity of the Amish country of rural Pennsylvania.


ANNA - Amish girl, age 14. Victim of the shooting. 
CAROL STUCKEY - Widow of the gunman, age 31. English/non-Amish. 
VELDA - Amish girl, age 6. Sister of Anna. Victim of the shooting. 
BILL NORTH - English/non-Amish man, 50s. Scholar and professor on Amish culture, as well as friend and spokesman to several Amish families affected by the shooting. 
AMERICA - Hispanic girl, age 16. Pregnant. Works in the local grocery store. 
EDDIE STUCKEY - The gunman of schoolhouse shooting, age 33. English/non-Amish. Killed himself at the end of the schoolhouse attack. 
SHERRY LOCAL - English, age 53. Resident of Nickel Mines, PA.
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  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

A single actress performs all of the roles in the play.  Distinctions between characters are made by changes in the tonal qualities and pitch of the actress’ voice; through her stance, posture, and gesture.  She glides fluidly from one personality to the next.  


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Jessica Dickey

Jessica Dickey, a native of Pennsylvania, began her research on Amish culture in order to write her play The Amish Project, which was praised by audiences and critics alike during its Off-Broadway run at the prestigious Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York City. The Amish Project is a fictional exploration of t ...

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The Amish Project was first produced at the New York International Fringe Festival on August 8, 2008 in the Players Loft. 

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