For the last three years I have been commissioned to write short plays for Round House Theatre’s Heyday Player’s—a company of seniors who tour readings of original plays to senior care facilities.
THE VALIANT MISTER TAYLOR
Based on the story of The Brave Little Tailor, this the story of how Taylor, an elderly retiree, defeats the bullies preying on the residents of the Pleasant Acres retirement home.
Character Breakdown (5 women, 2 men *any of these parts can be gender switched)
Taylor: a retired tailor; our hero
Mrs. Katz, Mrs. Kirby, Mrs. Koyle: three residents of Pleasant Acres
Esmerelda: the home’s dietician; gluttonous thief of baked goods
Mr. Gilloughly: opera-singing resident of Pleasant Acres
Geraldine: director of Pleasant Acres: the greediest person you’ve ever met
Lucy Bunyon is unsatisfied with her marriage and preparing for a divorce, but her fellow wives help her discover that she can be capable of fantastic feats herself.
Character Breakdown (3 women)
Lucy: Paul Bunyon’s wife
Nancy: Johnny Appleseed’s wife
Sue: Pecos Bill’s wife
THE THIN MAN RETIRES
George has just retired and, with the encouragement of his wife, has taken up private detecting as a second career. When he takes on his first client, a woman who believes her husband is having an affair, he not only stretches his detecting skills, but learns something valuable about himself and his marriage in the process.
Character Breakdown (2 women, 1 man)
George: the detective
Lizzie: the detective’s supportive wife
Rose: the client whose husband is acting mysteriously