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A Facility for Living - Full Length Play, Comedy

A Facility for Living

Katie Forgette

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702525

Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed...

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play



90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, The Future

Settings Of Play -

The second floor of Federal Nursing Home #273, in the not-so-distant future.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


No Special Cautions


Appropriate for all audiences


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and the election of Dick Cheney to President.  There he discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed. Together, this band of aging misfits rediscovers purpose and dignity in the face of a system mightily stacked against them. A delightful comedy with bite from Katie Forgette, that dares to confront the issue of aging in America.

"In Forgette’s brilliantly imagined and unforgettable rendering, the four residents of 'A Facility For Living' inhabit a Catch-22 world, eerily reminiscent of 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.' Laced with jabs at everything from America’s broken healthcare system to the Catholic Church along with theological rants about the Virgin Birth, 'A Facility For Living' is an endearing mix of 'Monty Python,' 'MASH' and 'Catch 22.'  Yet, cleverly embedded in this modern theater of the absurd are memorable and profound meditations about mortality." - Crosscut
"'A Facility For Living,' a world premiere by Katie Forgette, is a dark comedy about getting old, respecting human dignity, and examining how society treats the elderly, with some hijinks taken from a lost episode of 'I Love Lucy.' Forgette does a remarkable job being fresh and funny about a subject not easily joked about without settling into well-worn Old People Jokes territory." - Seattle Examiner

"...amusing, entertaining, life-affirming ... " - Seattle Times (Critic Recommended)
"Despite its plot about bureaucracy and rebellion, 'A Facility For Living' is sweet and funny, a lighter riff on some of the themes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest."  - Seattle Stranger (Critic Recommended)

"'A Facility For Liviing' is one of Barter's funniest plays ever."  - Bristol Herald-Courier

"Timely and hilarious, Detroit Rep's 'Facility For Living' explores senior care." - Detroit Free Press

"'A Facility For Living' is a bold, black comedy with plenty of laughs." - SWVA Today

A Facility for Living premiered at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Washington under the title Assisted Living in April of 2013. 



3m, 3f


Parts for Senior Actors


N/A (Not a musical)

KEVIN - (25-35) aspirations exceed opportunities and perhaps intellect.  Tattoos.

BEATRICE "JUDY" HART - (65+) ill, but not so that you would necessarily notice.

WALLY CARMICHAEL - (65+) cranky mush-pot.  Well hidden, but present, regard for human frailty. 

NURSE CLAUDIA - (30-50) re-energized in her role as a nurse now that personal responsibility is the new slogan in health care. Speaks quickly and with authority.  Tough love practitioner, not sadistic.

MITZI KRAMER - (65+) former nurse, now resident; declining health but not kindness.  Her speech is fluid and bright.  She could very easily be mistaken for an employee at the nursing home except for rare moments of pixilation.

JOE TAYLOR - (65+) loyal, tenacious.

Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)


Katie Forgette

Katie Forgette has spent most of her professional life as an actor. At the Seattle Repertory Theatre she appeared in Inspecting Carol, An Ideal Husband, Private Eyes, All in the Timing, Scapin, Dancing at Lughnasa, Buying Time, A Flaw in the Ointment, Harvey, The Miser, Six Characters in Search of an Author, End of the Day, Love Diatribe, and Long Day's Journey into Night. She has also appeared in ... view full profile

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Richard Rose 2/4/2015 12:35 AM
Katie Forgette's play is truly a winner. Aside from being fun to produce and for everyone working on the show, Barter Theatre's patrons truly embraced this play. Six months following the production, the run of which was extended and the sales of which were spectacular, our audience is still talking about the show. It's a well crafted show that is both topical, edgy, funny and also very sincere in its relationships. In every way, we are extremely proud to have produced this work. She is a gifted writer.
Jeff Steitzer 1/31/2015 12:24 PM
I had the good fortune to appear in the World Premiere of Katie Forgette's play and I am here to tell you that I have rarely seen an audience have as much fun as they did at this.  The laughter was frequent, loud and long.  The play's glimpse of a future we may be headed for was extremely compelling and generated a lot of discussion amongst audience members.  This delightful play has it all.
peter burr 1/19/2015 1:06 PM
I saw the world premiere in Seattle: an AWESOME play, hysterical, biting, dark, uplifting, brilliant writing.Should be required reading for anyone over 50, and for anyone with parents. One of the great plays in American literature

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