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Keepsakes - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy


Pat Cook

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 6f

ISBN: 9780573701900

Ever look at a family portrait and wonder what those people, posed and smiling, are really like? 

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The living room of Mary Jo and Austin's suburban home.


Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

Ever look at a family portrait and wonder what those people, posed and smiling, are really like? This family portrait shows you the inner workings of the Rogers family - how they deal with everyday things, how they deal with both happy and sad events which effect each and every one of them. These funny, poignant and all-too-human characters go through life the best way they know how. Austin does his best to keep the house running smoothly, unless he has to take Pawpaw's trunk out of the basement. Mary Jo is outwardly pleased when son Mitchell gets engaged to Tish but explains, "They're too young!" Her sister, Brenda, helps out by saying, "Not any younger than you were when you got married." Brenda's husband, Dale, has his own advice for young Mitchell: "Marriage consists in large part of just giving up!" Pawpaw keeps hearing voices and seeing people who aren't there. The very fabric of the family unit meets its ultimate challenge when Brenda and Dale have to move in with them. Daughter Jan has to put up with a whiney dog, Mitchell and Tish can't seem to find time to talk about their upcoming marriage and everyone is bunking up with everyone else, leaving the men to sleep on the couch - any of this sound familiar? Brought to you by the same author of Good Help is So Hard to Murder.


4m, 6f


Parts for Senior Actors

AUSTIN ROGERS – Laid back and amiable Father, around 50.
MARY JO ROGERS – Optimistic Mother in her late 40’s.
PAWPAW KENDEROW – Eccentric grandfather, around 80.
BRENDA SORRELL – MARY JO’S spoiled sister, around 50.
DALE SORRELL – BRENDA’S long suffering husband, also around 50.
VAL PERSKY – Sister to MARY JO and BRENDA, in her 50’s.
MITCHELL ROGERS – 22 year old son, bright and friendly.
JAN ROGERS – sassy 14 year old daughter.
TISH LAWRENCE – MITCHELL’S fiancé, early 20’s.
LORI KENDEROW – PAWPAW’S late wife, in her 40’s.
Pat Cook

Pat Cook

Pat Cook got his first taste of seeing his work in print when he was still in high school in Frankston, Texas, writing for the school paper. Then, during the summers, he wrote a column for his hometown newspaper. It wasn't until college, however, when he saw the movie version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, that he decided to try his hand at writing plays. His first one-act, The Boys In The Halls, ... view full profile

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