A Nice Family Gathering

by  Phil Olson

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 3f

Winner! 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival
"Hilarious and touching!" - LA Weekly, Pick of the Week
A story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her.

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A Nice Family Gathering

by  Phil Olson

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Christmas/Holiday, Faith-based
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A Nice Family Gathering is a story about a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her. It's Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since the Patriarch died. At the gathering, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission; to tell his wife he loved her, something he neglected to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married for 41 years. The problem is, she can't hear or see him. The trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2000 Rochester Playwright Festival.

Reviews

REVIEWS:

"Hilarious and touching!" - LA Weekly, Pick of the Week

"Exquisite sense of humor!" - Daily Variety

"A good heart is behind all this family silliness!" - Los Angeles Times

"Garrison Keillor meets "Topper" by way of "Fargo"!" - NPR

"A surefire, laugh-a-minute hit!" - The Tolucan Times

"Hilarious!" - American Eagle News

"Superb!" - NoHo News

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Simple living room set, with a front door and a staging area outside the front door on the front steps/porch.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

4m, 3f
CARL - the middle brother, 30s-40s
MOM - 60s-70s
DAD - 60s-70s
MICHAEL - the older brother, 30s-40s
JILL - Michael's wife, 20s-30s
STACY - the younger sister, 20s-30s
JERRY - the gentleman caller, 60s-70s
MRS. ENQUIST - the neighbor, 60s-70s (voiceover only, could double cast)
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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

Phil Olson

Phil Olson grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall. His father’s grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded a farm north of Fargo, North Dakota. His mother’s grandparents also came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range. Mr. Olson played varsity football, basketb ...

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A Nice Family Gathering was first produced at Lonny Chapman Group Repertory Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in March 2000. It was directed by Patrick Maloney.

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