Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Camaro keeps her daddy’s heart in their family’s repair shop: a 1967 Chevy Camaro engine. For the last five years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev and hear its heartbeat one last time before she lets him go.
Winner of the 2019 SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award.
A middle-class story about what makes you call a piece of land, home. Camaro Gibson loves only three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts, her daddy, and Route 66. Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Camaro keeps her daddy’s heart in their family’s repair shop: a 1967 Chevy Camaro engine. For the last five years, since her daddy passed away, she has been trying to get that baby to rev and hear the heartbeat. With the Chevy’s old body taking up space in the garage and Camaro’s head stuck in the engine, business has slowed to the point of foreclosure. It is just Camaro’s luck that Lucky, a recently discharged Marine, strolls into her shop looking for work. Aston convinces Camaro to let Lucky work in the shop so that Camaro can work on the Chevy and business can continue as usual. As the months pass and the Chevy’s heart refuses the beat, Aston inspires Lucky to fulfill her long-ago dream and apply to college— specifically, Lucky’s dream school, UCLA. When Lucky is actually accepted, she wrestles with leaving her new found home at the repair shop. Instead, Lucky asks Camaro for advice; should she stay or should she go? Camaro explodes over the news and treats Lucky’s acceptance as a betrayal. Camaro casts Lucky out of the shop forever. After a week, Lucky returns to the shop, ready to work, when Camaro tosses Lucky the keys to the Chevy. Lucky puts the keys into the ignition, and the Chevy’s heart begins to beat. Lucky drives off to UCLA following Route 66 in the Chevy Camaro. Camaro stays behind in the shop; she keeps plunging her hands in the grease because it feels like home.
Camaro Gibson – Female, late 30s, any race or ethnicity. Camaro loves three things in this life: strawberry glazed donuts from Dunkin Donuts, her daddy, and his 1967 Chevy Camaro. She got an engine for a heart and oil for blood. Don’t try to change her. Stubborn as all hell, just like her daddy.
Aston Gibson – Female, mid-30s, any race or ethnicity. Camaro’s cousin on government papers, but to the family (where it counts) they are sisters. Aston is a night shift RN and taking classes to become a nurse practitioner. Used to be a wild child when she was younger, still is at heart. She got a mouth and a temper that goes from 0 to 60 in three seconds flat.
Lucy “Lucky” Wells – Female, late 20s, any race or ethnicity. Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. Confident 'cause she knows her shit, but still “lost” in the way every twenty-something is lost. You give her an inch, she’ll take a hundred miles 'cause she is just that good.
Casting Note: Inclusive casting is required. The play’s casting must reflect the diversity of the Southwest side of Chicago.
Place: The garage of Gibson & Sons’ Automotive Repair Shop. Southwest side of Chicago: the West Lawn Neighborhood.
Time: Now; October–June.
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