Marie Stewart Harmon as Candace, Christine Marshall as Kathy, and Sarabeth Connelly as Lavinia in Mad Horse Theatre's production of ALLIGATOR ROAD in Portland, ME, March 2015.

Marie Stewart Harmon as Candace, Christine Marshall as Kathy, and Sarabeth Connelly as Lavinia in Mad Horse Theatre's production of ALLIGATOR ROAD in Portland, ME, March 2015.

Alligator Road

ALLIGATOR ROAD is set in central Florida’s oldest hardware store where Kathy, a recent widow, has yarn-bombed all the hammers, saws, and paint cans. It's a gesture of whimsy before she hands the store over to Lavinia as an act of reparations. But her daughter Candace will do anything to stop Kathy from throwing away the family store. ALLIGATOR ROAD is a sly comedy that unravels ideas about entitlement and the price of freedom.

90 minutes.

Broadway World Critic's Choice: Best of Maine 2015

Alligator Road addresses big issues – white privilege and guilt, racism of the past and the present, the problematic concept of reparations – in an interestingly oblique, non-didactic way. Kimball’s punchy, irreverent script delivers turns that feel at once surprising and inevitable, her dialogue is refreshingly free of Big Issue exposition... What’s perhaps most interesting about Kimball’s script is its ambiguousness; the script asks questions rather than answers them.
— Megan Grumbling, The Portland Phoenix
An incisive and insightful drama about family relationships, race, and the meaning of personal freedom ... a taut, tension filled script and scathing, acerbic, often mordantly funny dialogue for four wonderfully flawed and human characters, with whom the audience easily empathizes ... Kimball vividly paints her characters in colorful strokes and emotionally laden confrontations; she knows how to build tension to a white-hot temperature and diffuse it in a brief moment of sharp humor ... Hers is a play that deserves a wider audience, and one can only hope that Alligator Road will find many more venues and audiences with which to share its message.
— Carla Maria Verdino-Sullwold, Broadway World

Setting
Labor Day 2014. A hardware store in central Florida.

Characters

  • KATHY. White. 45. Sweet, trashy, and slightly hot.
  • CANDACE. White. 21. She is a dagger. It costs her nothing to say anything.
  • LAVINIA. Black. 20s. A peacemaker with starch.
  • SCOTT. White. 30s. Not as much of a dick as he could be. If the women are having multiple conversations at once, knitting the words of the play, Scott is a pair of scissors.

Production & Development History

  • Production, Mad Horse Theatre, 2015

Reading and workshop at Mad Horse Theatre and Lark Play Development Center, respectively.