Short Plays for Long Lives

by Ed Friedman
  • 10 - 60 minutes

Collection, Doubling Possible, Flexible Casting


A collection of six 10-minute plays for seniors and senior theater groups. With mostly senior cast members, these short comedies plays about old people play well for senior groups and senior actors.  They may be produced as Readers Theater, or on stage individually or as a group.  These are good plays for amdram groups and community theater.


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  • Review Script 7.95 Watermarked PDF Download
  • Hardcopy 11.95 Delivery 1- 3 Weeks
  • Class/Group Study 40.00 Printable PDF for Multiple Copies
  • Multi-Copy PDF 40.00 Printable PDF for Cast/Crew

Performance Fee $30.00 A Production License Fee Per Performance (mandatory for all performances)

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Play Details


In these short plays for seniors, the characters grapple with life issues that confront everyone over a certain age: when to give up the car keys, memory issues, past issues, and new relationships.  Parents of retirement age and their children will recognize themselves in one of these small-cast, one-act plays.

The Play Scripts Included in the Collection

Short Skits for Long Lives by Ed Friedman includes these plays for seniors:


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.

Great for Readers Theater, Amdram groups, retirement communities and senior living communities.

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From the Play


We know we have to talk to our kids about driving, but how and when
do we have that talk with our parents?

Jim, 77 Suburban homeowner, widowed
Bev, 52 Jim’s daughter, married; one child at home, one in college

Kitchen of Jim’s home, a suburb outside a large metropolitan area

(Jim, 77 reading a newspaper in his kitchen. Bev, 52, his daughter enters)

BEV: Good morning Dad. Sorry I’m late, the traffic getting over the bridge was murder.
JIM: Hello, dear.
BEV: How are we today?
JIM: I can’t speak for you, but I’m doing well.
BEV: Good, I’d like to talk to you about something.
JIM: I’ve noticed that any discussion that comes with an introduction is always a problem.
BEV: Dad, none of this has to be problem. I just have a concern.
JIM: Which would be…?
BEV: Elizabeth’s wedding.
JIM: What about Elizabeth’s wedding? I’m not wild about her intended. He has no interest in the arts. A bad sign if you ask me, but it’s her choice. I think she could do better, but what do I know…
BEV: Dad I didn’t come here to discuss the groom. This is about you.
JIM: What about me? I’m not going to say anything. I’m the soul of discretion. I give it two years.
BEV: No Dad, I’m talking about how you’re getting there.
JIM: Where, to the wedding? Well I thought if I got an early start I could leave that morning. It’s pretty far…
BEV: Dad that’s my point. I think it’s too far for you to drive.
JIM: What are you talking about?
BEV: It’s a long drive and I’m concerned about you making the whole trip by yourself.
JIM: I’ve been driving my whole life. Don’t you think I have the sense to pull over somewhere if I get tired?
BEV: I think you may be asking too much of yourself.
JIM: This isn’t about Elizabeth’s wedding is it?
BEV: Dad, don’t be obtuse. You know what I’m talking about.
JIM: Why don’t you spell it out.
BEV: OK if that’s what you want. (beat) I’m concerned that you’re continuing to drive.
JIM: And why should that concern you?
BEV: Because you’ve been driving very erratically.
JIM: You think I’ve been driving erratically? Do you see how people are driving out there?


  • Windsor Hills Readers Theater, 27th January 2023

    Windsor Hills Readers Theater,

    27th January 2023

    Directed by Kaye Thompson

  • Readers Theatre, 8th June 2022

    Readers Theatre,

    8th June 2022

    Directed by David Friedt.

  • ART factory - The Prime Time Players, 26th February 2022

    ART factory – The Prime Time Players,

    26th February 2022

    Directed by Kimberly Kemp

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