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Nice Family Gathering, A - Full Length Play, Comedy

Nice Family Gathering, A

Phil Olson

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573632372

Winner! 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival
"Hilarious and touching!" - LA Weekly, Pick of the Week
A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Christmas/Holiday, Faith-based

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Simple living room set, with a front door and a staging area outside the front door on the front steps/porch.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Church / Religious Groups

Winner! 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival.
A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.


REVIEWS:

"Hilarious and touching!" - LA Weekly, Pick of the Week

"Exquisite sense of humor!" - Daily Variety

"A good heart is behind all this family silliness!" - Los Angeles Times

"Garrison Keillor meets "Topper" by way of "Fargo"!" - NPR

"A surefire, laugh-a-minute hit!" - The Tolucan Times

"Hilarious!" - American Eagle News

"Superb!" - NoHo News


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My Nice Family: About A NICE FAMILY GATHERING
by Paul Olsen
July 10, 2012


A Nice Family Gathering was first produced at Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in March 2000. It was directed by Patrick Maloney.

Characters

CASTING

4m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

CARL - the middle brother, 30s-40s
MOM - 60s-70s
DAD - 60s-70s
MICHAEL - the older brother, 30s-40s
JILL - Michael's wife, 20s-30s
STACY - the younger sister, 20s-30s
JERRY - the gentleman caller, 60s-70s
MRS. ENQUIST - the neighbor, 60s-70s (voiceover only, could double cast)
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Phil Olson

Phil Olson

Phil Olson grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Mr. Olson played varsity football, basketball, and track at Edina East High School, winning the Minnesota State High ... view full profile

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