Cover art by Bruce McLeod

Things of Dry Hours

Naomi Wallace

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In Depression-era Alabama, black Sunday school teacher and Communist Party member Tice Hogan lives on the edge of trouble. When a white factory worker on the run demands sanctuary, Tice and his daughter may be pushed over that edge.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male, Multiethnic Cast)
Full Length Drama (about 115 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“THINGS OF DRY HOURS is a beautiful, brave and devastating play, a profound imaginative delving into radical resistance and hope rising at an impossible moment, in crushingly inhospitable circumstances. No one writes about politics, history and all that’s hidden underneath better than Naomi Wallace. Ferocious, tender, whimsical, tough, brutally direct, poetically elusive, her voice is utterly unique and essential. I’m grateful, as always, for her unsparing, painful, sexy stirring up of our human selves.” —Tony Kushner

“Naomi Wallace’s gorgeously written and philosophically rich celebration of a black Communist agitator in the Depression-era South … Wallace weaves together these proud, lonely souls with language rich in metaphor and, at times, as hard and piercing as a handful of nails.” —Time Out New York

“Naomi Wallace’s fierce new play tackles the plight of black communists in America … Naomi Wallace is a dangerous woman … not only in her writing … but also in her personal stand against what she sees as injustice and the peeling away of democratic rights.” —The Guardian (U K)

About the Author


  • Naomi Wallace

    Naomi Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays — which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East — include IN THE HEART OF AMERICA, SLAUGHTER CITY, ONE FLEA SPARE, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, THINGS OF DRY HOURS, THE FEVER CHART: THREE VISION OF THE MIDDLE EAST, AND I AND SILENCE, THE HARD WEATHER BOATING PARTY, THE LIQUID PLAIN. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton's novel Birdy was produced on the West End in London. In 2009, ONE FLEA SPARE was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie- Francaise. Only two American playwrights have been added to La Comédie's repertoire in 300 years. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce McLeod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013, Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama and in 2015, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 9/1/2010
Pages 92
ISBN 9780881454543

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Things of Dry Hours is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC