"The greatest obstacle to discovery is not
ignorance / it is the illusion of knowledge." Daniel J.
Originally titled "Little Blue-Eyed Girl", (Clyde's pet name for Bonnie). Title later changed to "Inside Bonnie Parker" then in NYC we changed it again for marketing purposes to "Bonnie Parker". It took four months to research and write the initial draft. There are two factors for updated drafts in my opinion, (over 15 to date). Number 1: The audience always informs the director as to what is working and what is not. Number 2: Important new information about Bonnie and Clyde have been revealed throughout the years and especially in 2004 forcing updated drafts. For example: I discovered Bonnie became addicted to a drug called Amytol, initially I believed she drank alcohol to ease the pain from a very serious car crash, but discovered she mainly used Amytol, a highly addictive drug and pain killer used in the 20s and 30s. Bonnie became so uncontrollable Clyde forced her to quit cold turkey. These facts and many more greatly enhance the dynamics within the scenes.
history of the plays development: A workshop at main Street Theatre
in Mansfield Texas. Then, a showcase at Deep Ellum Opera Theatre,
Dallas where Marie Barrow, (Clyde's youngest sister) brought an
entourage to the play, including nephew Buddy Barrow, historians
Jonathon Davis, "A 21st Century Update on Bonnie and Clyde," Ken
Holms (owner of the Bonnie and Clyde movie car) and Boots Hinton
(his father helped to ambush and kill Bonnie and Clyde) and many
others. Then the play premiered as "Inside Bonnie Parker" in
September of 1999 at the Circle Theatre.
The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
and The DFW Observer all reviewed the work very favorably. The show
then transferred to the DOOR theatre, in Dallas. History question
and answer sessions after matinees are very popular and they
continue with the help of many historians.
This play is a
historically accurate, in depth character study, an actresses dream
and tour de-force. Included are Bonnie Parkers two famous poems
"Suiside Sal" and "The Story Of Bonnie and Clyde," originally titled “The End of The Line,” and her diary entries
and letters, are used by permission. The facts are much more
interesting than the various fictional stories about the couple The
final draft was completed in spring of 2005.
has played 20 cities where Bonnie and Clyde hid and hung out and
then, as "BONNIE PARKER," did a successful, off Off-Broadway limited
run at the Blue Heron Arts Center in New York City, in 2002, selling
out nine of 13 shows. The production has also played many return
engagements. In April of 2005 "Bonnie" opened Off Broadway at The
John Houseman Theatre Centre.
There have been many newspaper
articles, radio interviews and television appearances for and about
the play in Texas and New York. In every city where the play has
been produced, there has been media interest. In Dallas, Ms.
Sedgwick and "Bonnie" were the subjects of Glen Mitchell's National
Public Radio show with historian/author John Neal Phillips, "Running
with Bonnie and Clyde The Fast Ten Years Of Ralph Fults" and "My
Life with Bonnie and Clyde".
"If you don't learn from your mistakes there's no
sense making them" Unknown
Dixie Lee Sedgwick
"On the planes of hesitation bleeds the bones of
Mrs. Sedgwick is the playwright, star and
co-producer of the award- winning critically acclaimed play "Bonnie
Parker". Dixie has enjoyed a diverse background in the entertainment
industry. As an actress she's worked as a lead/principal/day player
in feature films, television, commercials, corporate videos and
national radio. Some theatre and film credits include; "Little
Women" "The Childrens Hour," "Our Town," "Man, Moment Machine,"
"Wild Wheels," With A Vengeance," "Loretta's Last Letter," "A
Current Affair," "Case Closed," "Folktales," 50 plus commercials and
Mrs. Sedgwick studied acting at The University of
Washington with Larry Silverburg and screenwriting with Stewart
Stern, "Rebel Without a Cause," and at The American Academy of
Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, CA.
Mrs. Sedgwick created and teaches an acting program for youth,"Write Camera, Action" and "Acting For The Camera" in the DISD school district as a resident artist with Big Thought and Young Audiences.
Dixie is a
commissioned screenwriter and member of The Dramatist Guild of
America, NYC. Currently she's writing an adaptation of her play for
film and interested in producing/writing more for film/television
Joseph R. Black
"Never let the fear of striking out get in your
way". George Herman, "Babe" Ruth
Mr. Black began producing theatre in 1971, and has
served as Producer and President of Bicentennial Theatre
Corporation, Lone Star Studios and Video Reader Company. Joe created
and co-produced "Bluegrass Sundae" with Post-Newsweek TV of Florida,
and wrote and directed Kris Kindl, a new musical.
In the late
1990s, he also served the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Film
Commission, and assisted many network TV shows and feature films.
There he met Ms. Sedgwick, and encouraged her to create
Mr. Black has patented a new method of showing
students how reading works, which can be seen daily on PBS. He
graduated from Montclair State University, did graduate work at
Florida State, and is a decorated Marine Corps Vietnam