Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

by  Richard Alfieri

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 1f

"Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving" – Hollywood Reporter This extremely popular two-character comedy/drama has enjoyed tremendous success both nationally and internationally since it premiered with Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce.

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks

by  Richard Alfieri

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This extremely popular two-character comedy/drama has enjoyed tremendous success both nationally and internationally since it premiered with Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce. 

Lily, an aging but formidable retiree, hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot, and cha-cha while sharing barbs and intimacies along with the dance steps.  During the sixth lesson, Lily reveals a closely guarded secret -- she is terminally ill -- and Michael shares his greatest gifts -- loyalty and compassion.  As Michael takes Lily in his arms on their final meeting, they both transcend fear and mortality while the sun sets on their last dance.

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Reviews

"Thoughtful, razor sharp, charming, funny and genuinely moving" – Hollywood Reporter

"A joy to watch!" - The New York Post 

"A wonderful combination of comedy and bittersweet drama" – UPI

"As valuable as gold"- Miami Herald 

"A delight... Impossible to resist!" - Sydney Morning Herald

"Very moving. Very Human. Very Funny" – London Sunday Telegraph 

"Very funny.  Unanimously acclaimed!" - Der Standard, Vienna

"Explosive and Hilarious." – Melbourne Herald Sun  

"Standing Ovations!" – Variety

"Ingenious, tender, and very funny." - Galan, Madrid

"Positively moving.  Sweeps you away!" - Hatzag, Tel Aviv

"One of the greatest nights of theater I have ever seen.  You must see this show!" – Beverly Hills Weekly

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Lily Harrison's condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1m, 1f

LILY HARRISON - a lovely, well-dressed woman of 72.
MICHAEL MINETTI - an attractive man of 45 trying to look 35.

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

Richard Alfieri

Richard Alfieri was born in Florida, graduated from Yale University, and began his professional career in New York. He wrote the feature film Echoes and the novel Ricardo - Diary of a Matinee Idol. He produced the feature film Rescue Me and executive-produced the NBC film False Witness. He wrote the film adaptation of ...

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Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks received its world premiere in 2001 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It received its East Coast premiere in 2003 on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre.

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