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Quality of Life, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Quality of Life, The

Jane Anderson

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573696954

"Playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as (some would say) personal rights issues concerning life and death in her remarkable and completely engrossing new play, The Quality of Life." - TheaterMania

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Ohio & the Berkeley Hills in Northern California.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

The Ted Schmitt Award

Winner! 2007 LA Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award, Outstanding New Play
Winner! 2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play
Nominee! 2013 Jeff Award, Best Production of a Play
From award-winning writer Jane Anderson (The Baby Dance, Looking for Normal) comes this "magnetic work of theater" (The San Francisco Chronicle) filled with compassion, honesty and humor. Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from the Midwest are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern California who're going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins' remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out that Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil.

REVIEWS

"Set in the Berkeley hills after a major fire, The Quality of Life introduces Jeannette, an earthy, high-spirited woman. Jeannette's husband, Neil , is dying of cancer. When her cousin Dinah from Ohio comes for a visit with her husband, Bill, the two couples - one solidly on the left, the other resolute in their conservative Christian beliefs - are made to confront their huge dissimilarities" - The San Francisco Chronicle, Read More

"Playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as (some would say) personal rights issues concerning life and death in her remarkable and completely engrossing new play, The Quality of Life." - TheaterMania, Read More


The Quality of Life was first presented at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in October 2007. It was directed by the author.

Characters

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2m, 2f

DINAH & BILL - who live in Ohio.
JEANNETTE & NEIL - their cousins on the west coast.

Author
Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovation Award, Best New Play), The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Food & Shelter, ... view full profile

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