Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
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.
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.
"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
KeywordsAging, Feminism, Friendship, Illness/Health, Love, Marriage, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion, Sexuality, LGBTQ+ Interest
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
Lily Harrison's condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.
- Additional Features: Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
LILY HARRISON - a lovely, well-dressed woman of 72.
MICHAEL MINETTI - an attractive man of 45 trying to look 35.
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
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. The film adaptation of the play premiered in 2014.