-The Miss Firecracker Contest


by Beth Henley

MFC DatesNothing reigns supreme in the sizzling South like a good old-fashioned beauty pageant on the Fourth of July! Hot to claim the royal title of Miss Firecracker, Carnelle is eager to seize her best (and possibly last) chance at salvaging her somewhat tarnished reputation as Brookhaven, Mississippi’s Miss Hot Tamale. With the aid of Popeye the seamstress and the encouragement of her cousins and erstwhile paramour, Carnelle can all but taste the queenly prize. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Beth Henley, The Miss Firecracker Contest is a slice of southern life rich with laughter, tender moments, and eternal hope.


It’s a comic volcano of a play, populated by offbeat, but vital, larger-than-life characters.
—The Hollywood Reporter