I Remember You

by  Bernard Slade

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

This unusual love story by the author of Same Time, Next Year blends laughter, tears and nostalgic songs to weave a charming valentine to romantic plays of the past. 

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I Remember You

by  Bernard Slade

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This unusual love story by the author of Same Time, Next Year blends laughter, tears and nostalgic songs to weave a charming valentine to romantic plays of the past. Austin "Buddy" Bedford, a lounge pianist/singer who has seen better days, is haunted by a short, passionate affair he enjoyed with an English woman twenty-five years ago. When a young beauty comes into the lounge one rainy evening, he is stunned by her resemblance to his lost love. The affair that ensues is brought to a screeching halt when Austin meets the girl's eccentric mother: the woman he once loved. Buddy is forced to choose between the two women while a number of twists and turns result in a surprise ending. Romantic songs counterpoint the action which reveals the mix of fantasy and reality that forms our lives.
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Keywords

Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: The action of the play takes place over ten days in the autumn of the present year in a New York piano bar and an apartment on Central Park West.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f

AUSTIN "BUDDY" BEDFORD - An American man in his late forties of great charm and wit with a boyish, playful personality and a romantic sensibility. He plays popular piano extremely well and sings in an unspectacular-but pleasant voice.

TRACY WHEATON - An appealing woman of twenty-eight with a casual, forthright manner that disguises a fiercely competitive nature. Intensely practical, she is ambitious, stubborn and can be combative but these qualities are balanced with great warmth and humor. She speaks with an American accent spiced with a slight New York cadence.

PRUNELLA SOMERSET - Tracy's mother. A woman of forty-six, once beautiful and although still attractive, she has stopped trying to enhance her appearance in recent years and when we first meet her, her uncoordinated style of dressing makes her appearance slightly bizarre. A recluse since her husband died, her personality is endearing but often borders on the eccentric. Despite the difference in age her face bears a remarkable similarity to that of her daughter. Although she has lived in the United States for some twenty years, she has retained every vestige of her British accent.

OLIVER PEMBERTON - A vague, tweedy, likable dreamer in his fifties, who is Prunella's devoted friend and publisher. Although American, his style of dress and manner is British.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The actor playing Austin "Buddy" Bedford should be able to sing popular songs in an appealing voice but it is not absolutely necessary for him to also play the piano. The effect of Buddy playing the piano can be achieved by concealing another piano and a trained pianist offstage(preferably on the other side of a flat close to the onstage piano) who will provide the music required. The songs selected should subtly act as a counterpoint or comment upon the action taking place on the stage.

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Authors

Bernard Slade

Bernard Slade

Anthony Perkins and Mia Farrow starred on Broadway.

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