Other plays written
by Billie Jean Young:
• Chickee Chickee du La,
• The Coffeeville Play,
• The Invisible Giant:
J. H. Davis, 2004
• O, Mary, Don’t You
Weep: The Margaret Ann
Knott Legacy, 2007
• JANA: Indecisions, 2011.
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Billie Jean Young isn't out to change the world one person at a time. Long ago, the Renaissance woman realized that she could reach more people one theater at a time, one performance at a time, one book at a time, or one speech at a time ...
When Young learned the details of the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, she wept because she never had known the inner story of the Civil Rights pioneer. You, too, can live without knowing the inspired works of Billie Jean Young. But, if you do experience them, you may also find yourself weeping, touched, challenged and changed.
Three Women Talking
"Eldela Lizard and Pakena" was written by Young as a children's play to be performed by children and college students. It had its world premiere in 2007 at Judson College in Marion, Alabama.
The play, which is fueled by several morals and life lessons, is narrated by parrots and monkeys. Honesty and virtue, trust and faithfulness are core elements of the play. The script also calls upon adults to model the behavior they want to see in the next generation.
The play is based on a Liberian folk tale of the same name. Dr. Pauline Dinkins – a Perry County, Ala., native – returned from a medical mission in Liberia, West Africa, in 1926 and published the book of folk tales from which the play is drawn. Like all good children's stories, the message is both timely and timeless.
Young is available to guest direct this play.
A civil rights history play.
New production March 5-7
in Marion and Selma, Ala.
Eldela Lizard and Pakena
Book a touring production.
More than 800 performances.
Young recently performed the one-woman show, “Three Women Talking,” which had its world premiere in the Belize in 2010. (She often visits the Central American nation.) Young wrote this one-act comedy and portrays its three characters.
This witty and thought provoking running commentary on life is seen through the eyes of three women – a classic Southerner, a woman from Belize, and a vintage Billie Jean Young – drawing upon very different experiences. In this pictured scene, Young is portraying the Belizean.
The plot concerns the Caribbean people's joy over the election of President Obama. The 30-minute show is available on her tours.