Women and Wallace


Writers: Jonathan Marc Sherman


Show Information

Number of Acts
First Produced
Drama, Dark Comedy
Simple/No Set
Time & Place
1975 - 1987, new jersey
Cast Size
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes late teen, young adult, mature adult, elderly, adult, early teen characters


Wallace Kirkman is a bright, articulate little boy, who loves his mother very much. When she kills herself with the same knife she has just finished using to cut his perfect peanut butter sandwich lunch, Wallace is hit with a lifelong dose of guilt, anger, and confusion. Over the course of Women and Wallace, Jonathan Marc Sherman’s prickly, poignant, and darkly humorous One-Act, Wallace tries to figure out the fascinating puzzle of girls, and confront the trauma of his mother’s loss, aided by his keen creative writing skills and self-deprecating sense of humor. Through interactions with the women in his life, Wallace experiences psychiatric therapy, grandmotherly heart-to-hearts, and flighty playground kisses. With each meeting, Wallace learns something about himself, about the opposite sex, and about what it will take to keep his past pain from preventing his future happiness.

Lead Characters

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