Last Dance

by  Marsha Norman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Claiming that she is tired of love, an aging but still beautiful poet from the American South who now lives on the coast of France has decided to give away her young lover. But how can this be? Her goddaughter thinks she has actually fallen in love with a local fisherman while her dashing friend.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway

Additional Info

Claiming that she is tired of love, an aging but still beautiful poet from the American South who now lives on the coast of France has decided to give away her young lover. But how can this be? Her goddaughter thinks she has actually fallen in love with a local fisherman while her dashing friend believes she is finally ready to accept his proposal. The young lover is equally certain she really wants to marry him. This bittersweet comedy of manners is a tribute to the grandeur of Southern style and a musing on what a smart woman might really want toward the end of her life.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Pretty women, pretty men, pretty words...Marsha Norman's Last Dance [is] a play that suggests that if loveliness is not next to godliness, it is at least kind of divine." - The New York Times

Keywords

Aging, Friendship

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: A sun-washed house on a cliff on the southern coast of France. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Music

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

Casting

2m, 2f

CHARLOTTE - a beautiful woman in her late forties.
CAB - Charlotte's lover, also beautiful. In his late twenties. A poet.
GEORGEANNE - Charlotte's goddaughter. In her late twenties. Pale and shy, but not without resources. Also a poet. 
RANDALL DELLAMAR - Charlotte's friend, a professor of herpetology in Savannah. Grand and sly and very entertaining. 

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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

Charlotte and her guests are well-born, highly educated Southerners. Their accents are soft and sensual. They are gracious in nature and bearing. 

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Authors

Marsha Norman

Marsha Norman - award winning playwright - won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner, and Drama Desk Awards for her play 'Night, Mother. In 1992 she won a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her book for the Broadway musical, The Secret Garden. She also wrote the book for the Broadway musical, The C ...

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Last Dance premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage II in June 2003 under the direction of Lynne Meadow.

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