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Welfarewell - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Welfarewell

Cat Delaney

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573702518

Esmerelda Quipp is 80, still of sound mind, but her body is beginning to "come unglued", as she puts it. Having spent her working life as an actress, age pushing her gradually out of the business, she now faces the fact that her meagre government pension is insufficient to support her, even with her minimal needs.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play -

Mostly a police station holding cell. Also, a courtroom, a shabby basement apartment, an alleyway, 2 banks (one clever troupe filmed these two scenes in real banks and projected then onto the stage!).

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest

Winner! 2009 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
Esmerelda Quipp is 80, still of sound mind, but her body is beginning to "come unglued", as she puts it. Having spent her working life as an actress, age pushing her gradually out of the business, she now faces the fact that her meagre government pension is insufficient to support her, even with her minimal needs. When she is arrested for attempting to bury her dead cat in her landlord's yard, she finds that there is some sense of community, not to mention free room and board, within the prison system. She devises a plan to get herself sent back to jail; she robs a bank. But a well-meaning public defender gets the charges against her dropped. Esmerelda Quipp is undeterred! Using money she gets from returning stolen wine bottles to a recycling depot, she buys a toy gun at the local dollar store, and commits armed robbery. Knowing that she will be convicted because she will plead guilty, she assumes that she can spend the rest of her days living free, hanging out with other women, and being fed decently in a women's prison. But the system that has failed her also wants to forgive her because of her age and general health, and the public defender wants to use an insanity plea to get her off. How will Esmerelda convince the legal system she should be incarcerated, literally, for life?
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CASTING

1m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Parts for Senior Actors

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Cat Delaney

Cat Delaney

Pamela (Cat) Delaney is a widely published journalist, humourist, and award-winning poet and playwright, who also writes fiction, non-fiction satire, screenplays, and web copy. An avid theatre-goer, classical guitarist, and badminton-player, she lives near the sea in Nova Scotia with three wicked, proofreading cats, her collie, Fiona, who has an IQ higher than hers, and she (Cat, not Fiona) ... view full profile

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Reviews
Karen Hill 3/22/2014 3:55 PM
I loved the premise when I read the initial blurb. The cast breakdown list was "1m and 7 f...simple sets," perfect, I hoped, for our community theatre group. So I ordered a reading script.
HOWEVER the actual cast list is 21...with "doubling possible." The "simple sets" consist of 17 scenes and the entire action takes place in England. The lead character is a retired Shakespearean actor, who quotes the Bard unendingly. While I enjoyed reading this piece I hesitate to recommend it to an amateur group. Too difficult to produce and our local rural audience would never "get it."
Disappointed...

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