LONG WAY DOWN by Nate Eppler
Two southern women decide to kidnap babies from undeserving parents. Pretty soon, they run out of room for all the children- until one of the women decides there’s room enough for all of the babies in Heaven.
The darkly comic and harrowing story of Maybelline Ferris, a damaged young woman living with her pregnant sister Saralee and her forlorn husband, Duke, in their run-down family home north of Nashville. As the play begins, Karen, a close friend of Maybelline’s jailed older sister, marches into the house with the news that “Doolee James’ kid came into Kindercastle today with a black eye. Doolee is beating her child.” That accusation starts a chain of events that set the entire Ferris family into a downward spiral towards the play’s stunning conclusion.
Originally developed as part of the 2009/10 Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Lab
Workshop Production May 2011 by 3PS Productions
Best Original Work 2011, Broadway World Nashville
Semi-finalist 2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award
Read a sample from Long Way Down