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Digging Up Dessa

Dig your way to some super-sized discoveries

A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission, part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival
Written by Laura Schellhardt, Directed by Rives Collins
Grades 5–8, Family Theater, 60 minutes, January 31–February 16, 2018


Dessa is a 21st-century girl with no shortage of struggles, secrets, and mysteries to solve. From dinosaur bones to hidden memories, the world is filled with buried treasures just waiting to be uncovered. Luckily, thanks to the mysterious appearance of a remarkable friend—the pioneering 19th-century English paleontologist Mary Anning—young Dessa knows just how to excavate them! After a field trip to a museum reveals that Mary Anning’s legacy has been buried by history because of her gender and lack of formal education, Dessa decides that she’s going to fight to earn her friend the credit she deserves. With help from her once-rival Nilo, Dessa sets to work unearthing the secrets hidden beneath the surface of the past and present—for Mary’s history and her own future.



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Core Connections:
This performance is connected to the following Common Core Standards:
Earth’s Systems (ESS2.E)
Theater—Connecting (CN.11)





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