You Got Older

by  Clare Barron

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  4m, 3f

Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and – maybe (a little) – herself.

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You Got Older

by  Clare Barron

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Mae returns home to help take care of Dad and – maybe (a little) – herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys – and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.
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  • WINNER! 2015 Obie Award for Playwriting and Performance
    WINNER! 2015 The Kilroys' List, First Place
    FINALIST! 2015 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

    NOMINEE! Four 2015 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Play



"Five Stars! Critics' Pick! Clare Barron's extraordinary You Got Older moved me as few new plays have. Like a great short story, it succeeds through details that [...] coalesce with a force all the stronger for their subtlety [...] there are moments in this play I know I won't forget." - Time Out New York, Read More

"[Barron's] play [...] blends off-beat, sometimes raunchy comedy into a slowly fused drama [...]" - The New York Times, Read More

"This terrific new play by Clare Barron [...] offers a hilarious and painfully affecting blend of oddball dialogue, beautifully observed family dynamics, and a preoccupation with the weird ways of the body [...] Barron’s special genius lies in the deep dividends she derives from small talk." - The New Yorker, Read More

"[...] the bold young playwright [Clare Barron] blends fantasy with a level of brutal candor that few would even dare to bring into conversation with their closest relations. Yet in Barron's boundaryless world [...] [she] uses her unique voice to build a quirky and sincerely touching family story." - TheaterMania, Read More    


Spotlight on YOU GOT OLDER
by Rebecca Schlossberg
October 20, 2015


  • Clare Barron on her play YOU GOT OLDER
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Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Mae's childhood home in Washington state.
    A neighborhood bar.
    A hospital. 
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 3f
DAD - father of Mae, in his 60s
MAE - daughter of Dad, 32
COWBOY - you don’t know if he’s gonna fuck you or kill you
MAC - a dude from Mae’s hometown
HANNAH - big sister
MATTHEW - middle brother
JENNY - little sister
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Cast Attributes

  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



Clare Barron

Clare Barron is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her play Dance Nation recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in May 2018 and subsequently its UK premiere at the Almeida Theatre in London. It is the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award establi ...

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You Got Older received its world premiere at HERE Arts Center, presented by Page 73, under the directon of Anne Kaufman in 2014. 

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