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You Got Older - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

You Got Older

Clare Barron

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

4m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573704147

Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and – maybe (a little) – herself.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

105 Minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Mae's childhood home in Washington state.
A neighborhood bar.
A hospital. 


No intermission

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes, Nudity/Partial Nudity


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


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


From Off-Broadway

WINNER! 2015 Obie Award for Playwriting and Performance
WINNER! 2015 The Kilroys' List, First Place
FINALIST! 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

NOMINEE! Four 2015 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play
Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and – maybe (a little) – herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys – and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.


"Five Stars! Critics' Pick! Clare Barron's extraordinary You Got Older moved me as few new plays have. Like a great short story, it succeeds through details that [...] coalesce with a force all the stronger for their subtlety [...] there are moments in this play I know I won't forget." - Time Out New York, Read More

"[Barron's] play [...] blends off-beat, sometimes raunchy comedy into a slowly fused drama [...]" - The New York Times, Read More

"This terrific new play by Clare Barron [...] offers a hilarious and painfully affecting blend of oddball dialogue, beautifully observed family dynamics, and a preoccupation with the weird ways of the body [...] Barron’s special genius lies in the deep dividends she derives from small talk." - The New Yorker, Read More

"[...] the bold young playwright [Clare Barron] blends fantasy with a level of brutal candor that few would even dare to bring into conversation with their closest relations. Yet in Barron's boundaryless world [...] [she] uses her unique voice to build a quirky and sincerely touching family story." - TheaterMania, Read More    


Spotlight on YOU GOT OLDER
by Rebecca Schlossberg
October 20, 2015

You Got Older received its world premiere at HERE Arts Center, presented by Page 73, under the directon of Anne Kaufman in 2014. 



4m, 3f


Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

DAD - father of Mae, in his 60s
MAE - daughter of Dad, 32
COWBOY - you don’t know if he’s gonna fuck you or kill you
MAC - a dude from Mae’s hometown
HANNAH - big sister
MATTHEW - middle brother
JENNY - little sister
  • Clare Barron on her play YOU GOT OLDER

Clare Barron

Clare Barron

Clare Barron grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include You Got Older (HERE/P73) Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays); and a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl (developed at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Colt Coeur, and The Bushwick Starr). She is the 2014 P73 Playwriting ... view full profile

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Nina Milo 2/8/2017 9:56 AM
Joseph Ferreira 8/22/2015 11:57 AM
I saw You Got Older in New York for what may have been it's premier. I was surprised at how funny and moving the play was and have talked about it to more friends than almost anything I've seen in the past 2 years (and I see a good number of things!).  If I were to summarize, this is play about seeing your parent through different eyes, AND about parents seeing their children as adults.  The final scene (with no words!) brought me to tears. Give it a read!
Alexa Derman 8/11/2015 2:46 PM

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