Second Chance

by  Elyse Nass

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f

"Has marvelous themes: Life is short, make every minute count, one is never too old to learn and grow, and don't feel guilty for enjoying what you are doing even if others disapprove.... Powerful and meaningful." - Queens Chronicle


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Second Chance

by  Elyse Nass

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Originally published in the esteemed Chilton Publishing's Best Short Plays series, this superb one act - with excellent roles for elderly performers - has had many productions in the United States and abroad. A widow has decided to begin a new life and her married neighbor tries to put a damper on her aspirations.
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Reviews

"Has marvelous themes: Life is short, make every minute count, one is never too old to learn and grow, and don't feel guilty for enjoying what you are doing even if others disapprove...Powerful and meaningful." - Queens Chronicle

"A delightful comedy with wisdom and insight." - San Diego Senior Life

"Witty, fluid and poignant, brimming with idealism." - Business Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
    $75 with other plays in collection

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: The nicely furnished living room of Rita's home, a small apartment in New York City. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2f
RITA - late 60s, vivacious, trying to appear buoyant.
EVELYN - mid 60s, but she looks tired and is letting things take their course.
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Both female characters can be played by women in their 50s and up.

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Authors

Elyse Nass

Elyse Nass is a New York City based, award winning playwright. Her plays have been produced in New York, around the United States, Canada and abroad. Her trilogy, Three One Act Plays About the Elderly ...

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SECOND CHANCE was presented by the Quaigh Theatre in New York City.

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