The Quality of Life

by  Jane Anderson

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

"Playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as (some would say) personal rights issues concerning life and death in her remarkable and completely engrossing new play, The Quality of Life." - TheaterMania

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The Quality of Life

by  Jane Anderson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    The Ted Schmitt Award
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

From award-winning writer Jane Anderson (The Baby Dance, Looking for Normal) comes this "magnetic work of theater" (The San Francisco Chronicle) filled with compassion, honesty and humor. Dinah and Bill, a devout, church-going couple from the Midwest are struggling to keep their lives intact after the loss of their daughter. Dinah is compelled to reconnect with her left-leaning cousins in Northern California who're going through their own trials. Jeannette and Neil have lost their home to a wildfire and Neil has cancer. However they seem to have accepted their situation with astounding good humor, living in a yurt on their burn site and celebrating life with hits of pot and glasses of good red wine. Bill and Dinah are both moved and perplexed by their cousins' remarkable equanimity. But their sympathy turns to rage when they find out that Jeannette is planning to take her own life to avoid a life of grief without her beloved Neil.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2007 LA Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award, Outstanding New Play
    Winner! 2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play
    Nominee! 2013 Jeff Award, Best Production of a Play

Reviews

REVIEWS

"Set in the Berkeley hills after a major fire, The Quality of Life introduces Jeannette, an earthy, high-spirited woman. Jeannette's husband, Neil , is dying of cancer. When her cousin Dinah from Ohio comes for a visit with her husband, Bill, the two couples - one solidly on the left, the other resolute in their conservative Christian beliefs - are made to confront their huge dissimilarities" - The San Francisco Chronicle, Read More

"Playwright Jane Anderson explores a myriad of ethical, religious, and moral beliefs, as well as (some would say) personal rights issues concerning life and death in her remarkable and completely engrossing new play, The Quality of Life." - TheaterMania, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Setting: Ohio & the Berkeley Hills in Northern California.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable

Casting

2m, 2f

DINAH & BILL - who live in Ohio.
JEANNETTE & NEIL - their cousins on the west coast.

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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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Authors

Jane Anderson

Jane Anderson’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and in theaters around the country, including Actors Theater of Louisville, Arena Stage, Williamstown, The McCarter Theater, Long Wharf, and The Pasadena Playhouse. Plays include: The Quality of Life (2008 Ovation Award, Best New Play), Looking for Normal (2001 Ovat ...

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The Quality of Life was first presented at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in October 2007. It was directed by the author.

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