Seniors of the Sahara

by  Barbara Pease Weber

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

Seniors of the Sahara is a comedy for the whole family” - Montgomery Newspapers, “There are plenty of laughs to be had” - The Review

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Seniors of the Sahara

by  Barbara Pease Weber

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adventure, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey school teacher, brings home more than just souvenirs upon returning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvie’s troubles begin when she realizes that the old teapot she purchased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie “Eugene” with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8. Keeping Eugene a secret from her three best friends, Mabel, Thelma and Fannie, proves to be nearly as difficult as protecting herself from Eugene’s former master who follows Sylvie home and threatens her at knifepoint. Be careful what you wish for Sylvie Goldberg! You never know, it might come true. Seniors of the Saharais a magical romantic comedy for seniors and “juniors” of all ages.
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"Seniors of the Sahara is a comedy for the whole family." - Montgomery Newspapers

"There are plenty of laughs to be had" - The Review"An imaginative piece." - Chestnut Hill Local


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The beginning of the play is set in a "far off land". The majority of the play is set in Sylvie Goldberg's beachfront condo complex in Margate, New Jersey. There are costuming opportunities for Eugene the genie and for everyone in the "annual b-b-que"
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy, Special Effects
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


4m, 4f
Sylvie, Mabel, Fannie and Thelma are fun loving and high spirited retirees.

Savalas is the "bad guy" - 30s-50s

Herman/Refik is also of retirement age (unless Refik is played by a different actor in which case he may be a bit younger.)

"Eugene" (Genesis Elijia Nefarious Ivan Ethopia the Twelfth) is a loveable geriatric genie with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

Casting Notes

The role of the Master of Ceremonies may be played by a woman in which case the cast would comprise 5 women and two or three men. (The roles of Herman and Refik may be played by the same actor or by two different actors.)



Barbara Pease Weber

Barbara Pease Weber has been acting on and off since she was a teenager in the 1970s and has appeared in theatrical productions in the Philadelphia area over a span of 35 years. Ms. Weber has also authored four comedies, Delval Divas, HOGWASH!, Seniors of the Sahara, and A Crock of Schnizel, all of which are pubished b ...

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Seniors of the Sahara was first produced by The Old Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September 2007 and since then has been performed in theaters and by senior groups across the USA and beyond.

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