Marla arrives on the scene after a few personal setbacks. Accepting a job as a waitress in a character theme restaurant, she is transformed into Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen.
The staff ridicule, interactions and backbiting are reminiscent of so many situations where personality conflicts make spending time at work uncomfortable.
Donning her Billy Jean alter ego gives Marla a chance to ‘act out’ in ways that she’d never dare as her real self – with quick redneck banter laced with southern charm. Marla begins to realize levels of freedom that are startling and uplifting.
Marla’s journey is toward self-acceptance. She learns not give negative thoughts power and influence over her actions and decisions. Based on experiences in her own life, Megan Scott wrote Billy Jean, Armadillo Queen in two formats; as a stage play and as a narrative.
In both formats, the warring forces between Marla’s Light and Dark self-talk are entertaining and raunchily humorous. The dialogue clearly demonstrates the energy and force that thoughts have over daily life and overall level of happiness.
Using laughter to teach such an important lesson is a lovely way to shine a light on a healthier way of thinking.
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