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My Old Lady - Full Length Play, Drama

My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz

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Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704369

A down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with the elderly woman that has inahbited it for decades. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.

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Full Length Play


Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - Living room of Mathilde's apartment, overlooking le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris. Mid-autumn, the present. One week: from Monday morning until the following Sunday morning.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Revised Edition, 2015

When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady's outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for all three actors.


"This production underlines the play's sadness without diluting the leavening touches of comedy that make it so satisfying." - Wall Street Journal

My Old Lady premiered at Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester, MA in 1996 under the direction of David Wheeler.


1m, 2f


Parts for Senior Actors


N/A (Not a musical)

MATHIAS "JIM" GOLD - 55; American; still handsome.
MATHILDE GIFFARD - 94; French; still beautiful.
CHLOE GIFFARD - 55; French; still beautiful.
Rental Materials


N/A (Not a musical)


N/A (Not a musical)

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Israel Horovitz

Israel Horovitz

Isreal Horovitz is a playwright, director and actor. His plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (now in 38th year of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx (Steppenwolf: Gary Sinise & Terry Kinney), Rats, Morning, The Primary English Class, The Wakefield Plays, The ... view full profile

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William Bechtel 6/3/2017 11:16 AM
I had seen the movie and liked it.  I got the script to see if it was right for our summer Readers Theater series.  After reading it, I have come to the conclusion that, while it would be great for a Readers Theater it deserves a full production.  That makes it a lot harder to schedule - there are many more plays to compete with for a spot on our full production schedule.  It's high enough on my "want to do" list that we'll probably do it one way or the other within a couple of years.
Rose Balp 4/14/2015 5:02 AM
I loved the film. It was very moving and beautifully made, that's why I was keen to read Israel Horovitz's play script. The play was an absolute delight, very wordy and meaningful. I certainly hope to be able to put it on stage, and hope to to do this superb piece of work the justice it deserves, as an amateur production here in the UK.
Fantastic and prompt service from Samuel French (US). Thank you.
Martin Austin 12/30/2014 11:07 AM
A fine play worth spending time on to create the piece on stage. Having enjoyed the recently released film version, I was moved to explore the original writing and was not disappointed. Good stuff and such prompt service from SF. Many thanks.

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