By Janice Moore Fuller


Originally written for the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, Dix explores the lives of nurses and patients at the Dorothea Dix Hospital.  The play was originally written in 2004 and was inspired by the life and poetry of Dorothea Dix Hospital nurse Juanita Tobin Brown.  Further developments by the ensemble played with movement and light through Brown's stirring poetic accounts. This rough and raw piece embraces the humanity of the women as each story of brokenness and pain manifests itself onstage. 

Dix is the story of an older nurse, based on Brown herself, and a younger nurse meeting patients who share their stories of love, loss and survival.

Dix was presented October 2012 in partnership with Lee Street Theatre and Chickweed at Looking Glass Artists' Collective in Salisbury, NC before touring to Warehouse Performing Arts' Center in Cornelius in partnership with Warehouse PAC and Safe Alliance (formerly United Family Services).

Janice Moore Fuller (born 1951) is an American poet and playwright, currently Writer-In-Residence and Professor of English at Catawba College, in Salisbury, NC. She is the author of three books of poetry and a number of plays (see bibliography). Fuller earned her B.A. at Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An outstanding instructor, she is a four-time winner of Catawba's Teacher of the Year Award; she has also won the Swink Prize for Outstanding Classroom Teaching. She has been Visiting Professor of English at Harlaxton College (the British campus of the University of Evansville), and a poetry workshop teacher at the Wildacres Writers Workshop.