Short Plays For Seniors

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

WOMEN FOLK

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

 

2 thoughts on “Short Plays For Seniors

  • May 23, 2016 at 11:30 am
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    I LIVE AT THE WANAQUE RESERVE AND STARTED A DRAMA WORKSHOP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AND I AM LOOKING FOR MATERIAL… BERNIE

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    • June 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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      Bernie,

      What kind of material are you looking for (genre, male/female roles, etc)? And do you have an email I can contact you at?

      Thanks,

      Steve

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