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the Dixie wright modeling club
It's like a book club.
But with no books.
And more wine.
And more psychotic breaks.
The Mississippi Delta--the Bermuda Triangle of the South.
Known as the most Southern place on Earth.
This is God’s country, where fear of God, fear of nature, and fear of man runs thick like mud. People here are beholden to the land, what it reaps, what it buries, what it sows.
This is the Bible belt, the tornado belt, the center of the Civil Rights movement, birth of blues, literary center of the United States, home to the most fertile land in the world, and also the poorest county in America.
Maybe it’s because of the mighty Mississippi, cutting us in two, leaving us both mighty and scarred. The land begs for a pure, dirty honesty. It wants for you to call it like it is. And if you don’t, it’ll do it for you.
In this land, kudzu, a vine that can grow up to a foot a day, suffocates fallen homes and ramshackle businesses that have long been forgotten.
In this land, people hang from trees.
In this land, the fields are so flat that you can see scars from tornadoes, so flat you can watch a tornado touch down in another county.
Maybe this is also why gossip travels so quickly.
Below is the house where writer and performer Alexandra Wright's grandmother once lived. Shacks like this dot up and down the Mississippi Delta.
There are a lot of one-eyed people in the Delta.
And one-legged people.
And some of the most beautiful people you’ve ever seen. My mama, Dixie, was one of them.
Gerald Jacks, our town’s one eyed lawyer, named my mama:
"The most beautiful thing to ever walk in the state of Miss-ippi."
But when the most beautiful woman in the state of Mississippi finds that her doctor husband is having an affair, her world--and her sanity--begins to crumble around her.
Told through the eyes of Dixie's small daughter, The Dixie Wright Modeling Club explores what it means to be a proper Southern woman, all against the backdrop of the culturally rich and unforgiving Mississippi Delta. Psychotic breaks, infidelity, secrets, murder, blues music, and what it means to be a proper Southern woman.
About Alexandra Wright
Alexandra Wright has a B.A. from the University of Southern California and in her graduating year was the recipient of the Doolittle Award: Outstanding Female Performer. She received her M.F.A. from American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Acting has taken her to Paris, London, Moscow, and Scotland and has given her the opportunity to work with exceptional artists such as Neil Patrick Harris, Neil Gaiman, Scott Zigler, Kevin Bright, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin.
Her many stage roles include Beth in Canyon at Center Theatre Group, Helena in the L.A. Philharmonic’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Walt Disney Concert Hall; Rosalind in As You Like It (American Repertory Theatre); Lady Macbeth (Odyssey Theatre); Bec in the Los Angeles premiere of 4000 Miles; Chick in Crimes of the Heart (International City Theatre, Long Beach); Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part I (Shakespeare Orange County); and Edmund in King Lear (Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum). Wright also has more than 50 television, film and commercial credits under her belt, including roles in This is Us, Chicago PD, Grace and Frankie, Solve, and HBO's Julia.