$38,000 For A Friendly Face

by  Kristin Shepherd

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  1m, 6f

$38,000 For A Friendly Face takes place in our time, in a small town where Bronwyn Bain lived out the last years of her life. Her two daughters, Jane and Annie, arrive less than enthusiastically for their mother's Celebration of Life, not ha…

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$38,000 For A Friendly Face

by  Kristin Shepherd

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 6f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

$38,000 For a Friendly Face is a heartfelt comedy set in a funeral home. An unpleasant woman dies and her two estranged daughters arrive at a small town funeral home for the celebration of life. Matt is new in the funeral home business and is trying his earnest best to provide a good service.  The women of the the last supper committee are preparing food for the event. A young woman arrives with a total three flowers for the service. It becomes apparent that no one else is coming. Relationships disintegrate over the morning. $38,000 For a Friendly Face takes a humorous look at what matters most in relationships -- in families, in friendships, and in celebrations of life.

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  • Winner! 2007 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups


  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    All costumes are current.

    The set is simple: a kitchen and improvised bathroom on one side and a small chapel on the other.

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


1m, 6f

MATT - 40-65

ESTHER - 40-65

MARGE - 50-65

PHYL - 50-60

JANE - 25-45

ANNIE - Jane's sister, is 25-45

ALISON - 17-25

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Expandable casting
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Room for Extras
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The primary cast includes one man, three women between 40 and 65, and one woman between 17 and 25.

The deliveries may be made by optional extras. In the original production, an organist played on stage.



Kristin Shepherd

Kristin Shepherd is a playwright from North Bay, Ontario, Canada.  Her first play, $38,000 For a Friendly Face, won the 2007 Samuel French Canadian Playwright's Contest. It has been produced in professional and community theatres in Canada and the U.S. Her second play, Hope Op, has just been produced ...

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$38,000 for a Friendly Face was first produced at Nipissing University Theatre, North Bay, Ontario, in May 2005. It was produced by The Gateway Theatre Guild and Claire Powers and directed by June Keevil.





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