Stage Plays for Senior Theater & Older Actors
One-act plays and full-length plays for senior theatre, senior citizens to perform, or be performed for seniors audiences, that show senior characters and mature adults as they live exciting and sometimes precarious lives. These stage plays have roles for mature, older actors from 40 + to 70 +. Plays written for older actors are often hard to find. These stage plays are ideal for presenting relevant engaging theater for care home and nursing home residents.
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A Touch of Frost
- 20 - 60 minutes
- 2 Males, 1 Female Max/Min 3
In these three plays in one act, Wilford, from New York, finally realizes that his new neighbors–Mila, her son Klig, and husband Kulerie Klee–may not be from this planet but live on a farm next to Wilford’s newly purchased homestead – in Vermont! Their adjoining farms are separated only by a stone wall which is beginning to fall apart. What to do? Knock it down? Build it back? – and by what are they walling in and walling out?
These three gentle one-act comedies raise a question suggested by Robert Frost himself: Before I built a wall I’d ask to know what I was walling in or walling out, a question that hints at issues of knowledge, self-recognition, bias or prejudice—or even, these days, politics.
Small cast of 3; simple set: bare stage with a few rocks; downloadable PDF available; can be performed by high school, college, or groups.Read More
Going to the Dogs
- 10 minutes
In this 10-Minute original farce, a free-thinking retired woman, Sylvia, discovers that her deceased husband has been reincarnated as her dog. A surreal and hilarious Fantasy/Comedy by Pamela Steadman.Read More
Short Skits for Long Lives
- 10 - 60 minutes
Short Skits for Long Lives by Ed Friedman, contains six 10-minute plays for seniors. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies play well for senior groups and senior actors. They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group. A downloadable PDF is available.
Should children interfere in the romantic lives of their parents? What happens when a son discovers that there’s more to his mother then he realized? How does an aging parent know when it’s time to give up the car key? These issues and more are explored in this collection of 10-minute plays written to spark conversations between the generations.Read More
Short Shorts for Seniors
- 5 - 60 minutes
- 1+Females 2+Males Max 12 Min 3 (Doubling Possible)
French fries are outlawed? Animals invade a retirement community? Did we hear polka music? This collection of five short plays for seniors is funny and touching at the same time. These plays by prize-winning playwright and award-winning actress Ludmilla Bollow, illustrate the drama that touches our everyday lives.Read More
Friends and Relations
- 30 - 90 minutes
- 3+ Males 3+ Females Max 10 Min 5
A collection of short comedies for seniors by Evan Guilford-Blake. The short comedies may be performed separately or together by a cast of as few as five or as many as 10.
Contains these titles:
Old Friends -Two strangers meet on a park bench,
The Baby – A pregnancy brings new challenges into old relationships
Strangers in the Night – An older woman meets a younger man on the deck of the SS Sinatra, a recreational cruise ship, somewhere in the Caribbean
I Love Jack Kerouac
- 10 - 30 minutes
- (Doubling Possible), 3+ Males 2+ Females Max 8+ Min 3
Three short quirky Rom-Coms for senior performers by Jan Quackenbush. In the title play, a lonely waitress finds hope through a character strangely resembling Jack Kerouac. In “A Rose, A Cane” an aging couple comes to terms with their declining years. In “Two Roads Diverge”, a Vermont farmer encounters life of the strangest kind during a chance meeting at a fence at his property’s fence line…
The Unmasking of Yetta Breen
- 120 Minutes
- 5 Male, 5 Female, Min/Max 10
A full-length touching and funny ‘dramedy’ by Mickey Coburn, about a newly widowed woman and her changing relationships with her grown children. Yetta’s family expect her to remain ‘mama’: dependent and indecisive but Yetta has ideas of her own. After years of marriage, she wants to live for herself. But when the suitors begin to appear!!!! Will Yetta be able to emancipate herself from the role of “Jewish Mother”? Even if her new beau is the “likker” salesman?
Great for community and regional theaters. Downloadable PDF available.
ElderPair: Four Senior Courtship Comedies
- 15 -90 minutes
- 2+M 2+F Min 2 Max 8
Four one-act senior comedies by Pat Montley, for the young-at-heart senior community, these plays dramatize a variety of romantic relationships among characters who are determined to live their lives to the fullest. They may be performed as a complete program for the evening or separately as short plays. Running time is about 10 – 15 minutes apiece. Great for senior or retirement communities. Downloadable, printable PDF available.Read More
- 20 Minutes
- 1 Male, 1 Female, Min/Max 2
Bird Watchers, a one-act comedy by B. A. Hite
In this award-winning play, a shy and precise woman is paired with an outgoing, free-spirited writer in this delightful one act set in a forest during a search for the rare Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Will she succumb to his charm. Can be performed by any ages.
Great for community theaters, auditions, and high school competitions. Downloadable, printable PDF available.Read More
- 40 Minutes
- 1 Male. 4 Females
A one-act play adapted from James Joyce’s “Dubliners” by David Klein. During an annual Christmas celebration, Gabriel Conroy must cope with his doddering aunts, discover the true nature of his relationship with his wife. Gretta and confront his own academic pedantry. Somewhat condescending toward the provincialism of his friends, family, and even his own wife, he retires for the night only to discover that she has lived–and lives–a fuller, more vibrant existence than he could have previously imagined.
- 45 Minutes
- 4 Males
The Aviators, a one-act drama by John F. X. Delaney concerns a retired Marine Corps pilot, Rory “Roar” McMahon, and his longtime squadron buddy, Austin “Toad” Campion, recently admitted to the Navy Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA with a life-threatening illness. The two characters are opposites in everything except their love of flying. With the help of two old combat buddies, they conspire to countermand the hospital staff in one, last. “impossible” escapade. Great for seniors and community theaters. Downloadable, printable PDF available.Read More
Attack at the Pierre Fontaine
- 45 Minutes
- 2 Males, 4 Females, Max/Min 6
In this one-act comedy for seniors, a group of long-time friends and residents of the Pierre Fontaine Hotel are alarmed by the increasing dangers in the outside world. One of their members has “news” of an imminent attack. Together, they try to plan a defense strategy (including duct tape?????) which will protect them all. This tongue-in-cheek play about genuine fears and foibles celebrates our mutual ingenuity, inexhaustible will to survive as shown by these urban senior citizens who daily live amid random acts of danger and destruction. Downloadable, printable PDF available.Read More
From the Back Seat
- 40 Minutes
- 2 Males 2 Females Max 4 Min 4
A one-act family comedy with senior actors by Kay Rhoads – Who controls the family car? Harold promised to give Emma a more exciting life. But who will be in the driving seat? Their 40-year old daughter and son-in-law think Harold is past it, but he wants to show them he still has what it takes. This play works well for community theaters, senior groups, and Readers Theater.