THE AMISH PROJECT Comes to Mad Cow Theatre

THE AMISH PROJECT Comes to Mad Cow TheatreMad Cow Theatre is delighted to announce its upcoming production of Jessica Dickey's The Amish Project, a powerful and emotional one-woman play exploring the impacts of a tragedy, presented in The Zehngebot-Stonerock Theatre August 11 as the final production of Mad Cow Theatre's Season 20.

Violence. Loss. Forgiveness. Redemption. In The Amish Project, playwright Jessica Dickey delves into a hidden culture in this fictionalized version of the infamous Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting of October 2006. Described by The New York Times as "extraordinary...compelling," the play gathers up the anxieties of a community, a culture - perhaps even an entire nation - perplexed by an unthinkable act and coveys them movingly through a single actor. The voices and emotions of those affected merge and melt into a sublime, deeply personal expression of the inexplicable.

While the experience of the characters may be specific and unique, the story is one that resonates clearly throughout today's world. Our community is likely to connect (perhaps very personally) with the material and find a hopeful reminder that we are not alone. Due to the nature of the play and its sensitive content, Mad Cow Theatre is compiling a list of guest speakers to share their own insights and personal stories at Talkback sessions after select performances of The Amish Project.

Trenell Mooring* (Clybourne Park, The Fantasticks, A Lesson Before Dying, The Matchmaker,) portrays seven separate characters throughout the play, among them the gunman and two young victims. Mad Cow Theatre is proud to welcome Trenell back to our stage for this extraordinary performance.

The Amish Project is directed by Mark Edward Smith (Three Sisters, 1776, My Name is Asher Lev,) with scenic design by William Elliott (Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Long Day's Journey Into Night, You Can't Take it With You.)

*Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.
Previous credits with Mad Cow in parentheses.

The Amish Project runs August 11 - September 10, in The Zehngebot-Stonerock at Mad Cow Theatre, 54 W. Church Street (second floor) in Downtown Orlando. (Click here for directions.) Performances are at 8:00 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, with an additional performance Saturday, August 19 at 3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Opening night is Friday, August 11 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will be followed by Mad Cow's traditional champagne reception in the lobby.

A Discount Pay What You Wish performance will take place on Wednesday, September 6 at 8:00 p.m.

The Saturday matinee for The Amish Project will take place August 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Talkbacks take place after each Thursday and Sunday performance. Talkbacks are free to audience members, and the public may attend at no extra cost. Mad Cow Theatre is compiling a list of guest speakers to share their own insights and personal stories at the Talkback sessions of The Amish Project.

Regular tickets are $40. Preview tickets are $15. Pay What You Wish advance tickets are $18. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Mad Cow Theatre box office at 407-297-8788 ext. 1.

Other discounts for students and active military apply. More information is available online on our Savings Programs page.

All tickets are subject to a $2 facility fee.
Students receive a $7 discount with ID.
Active military receive a $10 discount with ID.
Seniors 65+ receive a $3 discount.
Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
Student groups of 10 or more are eligible for a 50% discount on full-price tickets.
Tickets may be purchased by calling Mad Cow Theatre's box office at 407-297-8788 ext. 1 by visiting

Parking Information available here.

Mad Cow Theatre is a 501(c)(3) arts organization funded by the State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs; United Arts of Central Florida; the Downtown Development Board; the Florida Theatrical Association; Orange County government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs program, and members of the Central Florida community just like you.

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