Collections of short stage plays for senior drama groups and retirement communities.
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By Ed Friedman
5 – 45 minutes 2-5 Males, 1-6 Females Doubling Possible
This collection of scripts for plays and skits dramatizes familiar moments faced by those of “a certain age.” The plays and skits range from 5 to 15 minutes and include six short plays for senior actors and senior groups: GENERATIONS, OASIS, SARAH, SECRET DREAMERS, THE KEYS TO LIFE, and TWO SHIPS. Accommodates a large or small cast; playing times are from 5 to 15 minutes each; Great for staged readings, also. Simple Sets–a table, and chairs. PDF Preview copy available for download.
by Ludmilla Bollow
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 comedies for seniors has delighted hundreds of senior audiences. Great roles for senior actors and audiences of all ages, 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. Accommodates a large or small cast; playing times are from 5 to 15 minutes each; Great for staged readings, also. Simple Sets–bare stage, a table, and chairs. PDF Preview copy available for download.
by Evan Guilford-Blake
30 – 90 minutes 3+ Males 3+ Females Max 10 Min 5
A collection of short comedies for seniors by Evan Guilford-Blake. These 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. Accommodates a large or small cast; Great for staged readings, also. PDF Preview copy available for download.
by Pat Montley
15 -90 minutes 2+M 2+F Min 2 Max 8
Four short comedies 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. WARNING: Romance Ahead! These stage plays may be performed as a complete program for the evening or separately as short plays. Accommodates a large or small cast; playing times are from 5 to 15 minutes each; Great for staged readings, also. Simple Sets–bare stage, a table, and chairs. PDF Preview copy available for download.
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… Accommodates a large or small cast; playing times are from 20 to 30 minutes each; Great for staged readings, also. PDF Preview copy available for download.
10 – 40 minutes; 3 – 6 actors
In these three short comedies for seniors by Marj O’Neill-Butler, characters of a certain age struggle against grown children, spouses, or former tormentors to maintain their own psychological and social independence. Mom finds her independence from an overprotective child; Judy battles her fear of flying to attend her child’s wedding; Norman faces the high school bully at their high school reunion. Simple Sets– tables and chairs or cubes; accommodates large or small cast; pdf download available.
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.