New Plays and Books

We’re happy to introduce these new scripts in our collection. Click on the title for a longer description, testimonials, and a FreeView. We think you’re really going to like these new gems!


LESS THAN 10 MINUTE SHOWS


The Great Escape

Penny Bloodhart
6 minute sketch
5 either
Three seniors pull one over on the management at the senior care center.


10 MINUTE SHOWS


A Life Enriching Community

Philip Middleton Williams
10 minute play
2 men, 1 woman
Adam and Paul, partners in love and life, are now in their sixties and have moved into a retirement community in Florida. Together, they come to terms with some old baggage and their new situation. Audiences fall in love with these two’s wit, relationship, and humanity.


The Christmas Home Tour

Linda LaRocque
10 minute comedy
5 women

Nothing tests your holiday spirit more than four wacky ladies who are can be rude, irritating, and often distracted. Will Helen throw in her Santa hat for good?


The Thingamajig

Jo Hamlet
10 minute comedy
1 man, 2 woman
Two older sales clerks at a thrift store are puzzled by a box of donated materials, unaware of their use, including the one they call the “Thingamajig.”


Not Kate or Leo

Barbara Trainin Blank
10 minute drama
1 man, 1 woman

Isidor and Ida Straus had everything — a happy marriage, a loving family, great wealth, and prestige. Even though they lost their lives prematurely on the deck of The Titanic, they bicker affectionately on a park bench about their experience. Their love, arguments and an additional consolation survived the wave.


Jugs

Shelli Pentimall Bookler
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
Feisty Lucille is applying for a job at Jugs Restaurant, ready to compete with younger women. But Lucille, in her 60’s, isn’t your typical applicant. This super strong sassy character is one you’ll want to play.


Finding Zeus

Jack Rushton
1 man, 1 woman
10 minute comedy
Charles and Martha have been together for a long time. They love each other. Like any long-term relationship, they also take each other for granted. Today, Martha has decided to shake things up.


The Radio Show

Basil Melnyk
1 man, 3 women
10 minute comedy radio play
This play within a play is set in a radio station studio. As a soap opera is being broadcast, the audience is led to believe that the guest actor and actress hate each other. The guest actor and actress go off script and end up destroying the entire show. A fun show with a twist!


Compos Mentis (of sound mind)

Marilyn Millstone
1 man, 2 women
10 minute comedy
Meet Robert and Alese Langford, a sophisticated older couple whose children are pushing them to move out of their home and into an elite retirement community called Silver Glades. But at the Prospective Resident Interview, everyone–including the audience–is in for surprises! Sometimes you don’t know who is compos mentis–of sound mind–and who is not.


A Brief Encounter

Arthur Keyser
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
10 minute drama
Susan is leaving work late on a Friday afternoon. She almost misses the elevator and calls to the unseen person inside before she reaches it just in time. As she walks in, she turns to look at the other corner of the elevator and says, “Didn’t you hear me calling?” What follows is a surprising conversation. The unexpected ending is sure to astonish your audience. Easy to perform with virtually no props.


Switching Sides

Arthur Keyser
1 man, 2 women
10 minute drama
Martha is a world-class inflictor of guilt. She has sharply developed her skills of psychological manipulation and uses them on her favorite subject, her son, David, who is visiting Martha with his wife. As David parries each thrust, Martha moves to another mode of attack. He finally employs his nuclear option, which shocks Martha into her defensive mode. Will Martha succeed? Read the play to find out.


Molly’s Secrets

Arthur Keyser
3 women
10 minute drama
Molly has been gone for months and didn’t tell her friends, Beth and Fran, where she was. Her friends have a few theories, but they never thought the truth could be so shocking. At the end of the play, Molly confesses that she made a huge decision she can’t take back. Read the play to find out what Molly’s secrets are!


AGELESS! 11 Short Plays Celebrating Seniors

Curated by Kate Katcher
Edited by Bonnie L. Vorenberg
Eleven award-winning 10 minute plays take the high road of humor lifting spirits as we laugh at ourselves and enjoy being who we are in our senior years, including:

Backfire

David Lee White
10 minute play
1 man, 1 woman
It’s the morning-after their high school reunion in this comedy about a long overdue hook-up. Is it the fulfillment of a couple’s life-long dream or a case of mistaken identity?


Let’s Make a Deal

Scott Mullen
1 man, 2 women
10 minute comedy
When Maggie gets her watch appraised by TV antiques show host June, she is stunned to realize that despite the wear on the watch, it’s worth life-changing money. Maggie then asks June to appraise Maggie’s nice-but-boring husband Harry–and June is stunned by the reason why.


Blue Sky with Approaching Storm

Kate Katcher
2 men, 2 women
10 minute comedy/drama
Secrets are revealed and egos challenged in this comedy with a dramatic twist. Elaine and Larry Franz are a power couple; he in the financial world, she as the supportive wife that makes his life possible. When Elaine asks to stop by an art gallery on the way to a basketball game, Larry meets the man she gave up to be his wife. As with a clear, blue sky, you don’t always see what’s coming.


The Reunion

Ken Levine
2 men
10 minute comedy
Scott and Carl haven’t seen each other in 50 years. By chance, they happen to meet on the street, and Scott returns the crayon he borrowed from Carl half a century ago. Childhood dreams give way to adulthood, but do they have to? The Reunion is a comedy about recapturing those childhood dreams.


Second Career

Ellen Margolis
1 man, 1 woman
10 minute comedy
Diane, newly retired and used to being busy, has embarked upon an unusual pursuit. She is making it her mission to return every shoddy purchase, to voice every complaint about bad service, and to stay on hold as long as necessary to see to it that the disgruntled customer is heard.


Splitting Hares

Brett Hursey
1 man, 2 women
10 minute comedy
Couples counseling takes a strange turn as Ron and Annie struggle with a serious case of “Rabbititis.” Doctor Harvey has her hands full with a case of furry ears, a twitchy nose, and a patient who doesn’t know heads from (cotton) tails.


Prepper’s Nightmare

Rex McGregor
1 man, 1 woman
10 minute comedy
Keen to be prepared for any global catastrophe, a wealthy American is installing a bunker on remote farmland in New Zealand. He believes this will be the safest place in the world to protect his family–until he meets a local.


Mistranslations

Jack Rushton
1 man, 1 woman
10 minute comedy
Walter and Elise enjoy each other’s company. They even enjoy their passive-aggressiveness toward each other, up to a point. But when they each think they know exactly what the other one is saying, things can get complicated through mistranslation.


Action and Reaction

Joël Doty
1 man, 1 woman
This harrowing drama involves the moments after a couple has witnessed a violent crime. Their differing reactions to the event lead to a moment of reckoning in a previously stable marriage.


Something Old, Something New

Margie Semilof
1 man, 1 woman
10 minute comedy
Beverly wants to spice up her marriage with Al, who’s a traditional guy and a bit of a prude. Beverly learns about a new, three-speed, high-tech vibrator and orders one on Amazon. Al sees the sex toy and is horrified, but it sparks an honest conversation about the balance of power in their household.


A Memoir of Jackson

Rona Altrows
1 man, 1 either
10 minute play
Penner, a retired engineer, has hit a block in his memoir writing class at a senior rec center. After class, he asks the facilitator, Ginni, if he can trash his autobiography-in-progress and instead write about his elderly cat Jackson, despite only having him for four years.

 

10-20 MINUTE SHOWS


Dangerous Games

Pamela Loyd
15 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women, 5 either
A game-night party with good friends becomes more interesting when a new game is proposed, leading one to ask: among friends, what is more dangerous—the truth or a lie?


Out to Lunch

Lennie Singer
4 women, 1 either
15 minute comedy
Who knew going out to lunch would become a major hassle? Lunch with friends is always fun, except when you get to the age where food, pharmaceuticals, and friendships are at odds. Pushy Agnes, vivacious Rosie, proper Bea, and flighty Gladis, four old friends, have a standing weekly lunch date at a restaurant. But as they have lunch and grapple with dietary needs, physical demands, and unsolicited advice, the pals’ luncheon ends up causing mayhem and indigestion for the exhausted waiter and for the ladies who lunch.


Calling Dr. Phil

C.A. Dougherty
1 man, 1 woman 
20 minute comedy
Dixie has a unique problem with her husband, but her favorite TV shrink, Dr. Phil, isn’t available to help. Disappointed but determined, Dixie turns to Dr. Naish, a local therapist, with her issue, but she isn’t sure he’s up to the level of Dr. Phil’s standards.


20-40 MINUTE SHOWS


Mr. Hartwell’s Christmas

Bob Rinfret
1 man, 1 woman, 4 either, 1 boy and 1 girl who can be played by seniors, extras
35 minute holiday play
Howard Hartwell has been a Santa at the downtown department store for a long time. This year, however, has taken a toll on him and he decides to find his Christmas cheer in a bottle. He’s fired. Sitting in a seedy alley, some unexpected magic starts to happen through which he discovers the real meaning of Christmas.


Lawyer, Lawyer

Bob Naquin
2 women, 5 either
25 minute comedy
A dyslexic murderess is being prosecuted by a public works employee who has a preoccupation with her cell phone. The murderess admits to murdering her husband with a butter knife, which makes her inept lawyer’s job much more difficult. This fun play features a hilarious court trial with a lot of laughs!


Radio KRZY

Pamela Loyd
30 minute
2 women, 1 man, 3 either
This is a farcical, wacky comedy about the shenanigans, backstage drama, and on-air screw-ups, of the cast and crew of a small-town radio station, where everything goes a little KRAZY.


Love in 4/4 Time

Gary Young
2 women, 2 men
40 minute play for aging awareness
Do the names Carol and Ted and Alice and Bob, perhaps two of the most famous couples of the 1970s, jog your memory? The names are the same, but the time and characters are different. Two couples, confronted by the reality of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, forge ahead into life’s undefined future with questions, humor, and honesty, discovering that most things boil down to the truth of “What is, is.”


LONGER PLAYS


A Wicked Little Wager

Pamela Loyd
2 men, 2 women
45 minute mystery
This year’s annual Coconut Cream Pie celebration comes with mischievous gamesmanship, laughs, suspense, and murder. Be glad you don’t have friends like these!


Miss Ida’s Man-in-the-Moon Yard Sale

Joseph Alan Johnson
1 woman
45 minute play
It’s July 20, 1969 and Miss Ida Lemmie is on a mission! Before she can relax in her air-conditioned bungalow in Hollywood, Florida to watch the first moonwalk, she holds a yard sale. As she displays her finery, Miss Ida recounts her youth and adventurous life as a glamour gal in the boom-town Miami of the 30’s and 40’s.


A Will to Murder

Bob Naquin
5 women, 2 men, 1 either
45 minute mystery
William “Billy Bob” Thornburg has died somewhat peacefully in his sleep. A cast of unsavory relatives, a corrupt lawyer, a sexy maid, and a devious butler circle the body to divide the spoils of the wealthy Mr. Thornburg. Things take a decided turn toward evil as the cast suffers one fatality after another. The audience is kept in suspense to see who will ultimately survive and inherit all of Mr. Thornburg’s wealth.


Viagara Falls & the 70 Year Old Virgin

Janet Findlay & Alan Youngson
4 women, 4 men
80 minute comedy
When triple divorcee Fran borrows a container of artificial sweeteners from her nervous husband-to-be, Eric, she has no idea the chaos it will bring to their peaceful retirement village…but only Eric knows the real reason behind the chaos. He has lost the experimental Viagra pills he obtained from his charismatic Dr. Sahdu; the pills he subsequently hid in an artificial sweetener container. Will the men in the retirement village be able to attend the wedding ceremony without embarrassing themselves? Will Eric get his Viagra back in time for his wedding night?


The Cat Lady Christmas

Allison & Margaret Engel
3 women, 2 men, 2 either
60 minute radio play comedy
Cat-loving Corly promises her new beau, an allergist she met online, that she’s pet-free. It’s true; her beloved cat died after a long life. But hours before her date arrives to fix her a Christmas Eve dinner, emergencies and mix-ups cause her flamboyant best friend, her rich cousin, and a pet foster service to deposit a dozen cats at her house. Mayhem ensues as Corly hides the cats — and the handsome volunteer from the pet service — in order to pull off her dinner date. Actors can read from scripts in this comic live radio play that features a radio announcement and a sound effects artist.

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