Ain’t Far From Home

Music by Ben Krauss
Full-length musical
2 women

1855-A slave drives a horse-drawn buggy taking her master back to their plantation where,  unbeknownst to the Lady of the house, a bloody slave uprising is planned for the evening; 1905–a black teenage cook wants to run off to vaudeville and the aging white actress that has been like a mother to her, using a pimp who shows up one day as her ticket off of her servant duties on a showboat; 1955–a black girl and white girl meet to play and giggle, pretending to run away from home, befriending a strange fourteen year old boy who claims he is a ghost, and suddenly the need to escape rural Alabama and the white girl’s father become anything but a game.  A 3-actor, 100 minute new original musical triptych and an exploration of race, class and black vs. white feminism in America, AIN’T FAR FROM HOME takes us on a journey in which a black woman and a white woman are reincarnated over a period of 150 years as they try to connect across boundaries of race in the American south, with uncertain destination, that asks us as an American people, “Where are we headed?”


2017 Reading
The Musical Theatre Factory
Directed by Kimberly Eaton
Featuring Cicily Daniels & Mimi Bessette