Second Summer

by  Gary Richards

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Gary Richards' 2002 comedy/drama gives us Reginald, a Brooklyn widower who tries to pull his life together by moving to a Florida condo complex for senior citizens. Smart move. It seems most of the residents there are widows eager for male companionship. The script is chock-full of interesting insights. This is a play about learning to reshape dreams, and it's difficult to not respond on some level." - Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Second Summer

by  Gary Richards

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A good-natured and affable man, widower Reginald Herring has now become quite bitter after the death of his beloved wife, Mabel. Herring reluctantly sells his business and home and moves to Florida, or, as he calls it, “God’s waiting room,” to live out his final years alone. What Herring finds instead is a world of new possibilities when many single women his age discover the new, available man. Second Summer is about the rebirth of an elderly man who finds that long dormant teenager in himself still exists. After all, “its not how old you are, it’s how you are old.”
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Reviews

"Gary Richards' 2002 comedy/drama gives us Reginald, a Brooklyn widower who tries to pull his life together by moving to a Florida condo complex for senior citizens. Smart move. It seems most of the residents there are widows eager for male companionship. The script is chock-full of interesting insights. This is a play about learning to reshape dreams, and it's difficult to not respond on some level." - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Keywords

Aging, Friendship, Love

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Now. There are many different playing areas accented by changing pools of light, different levels, props, etc. Included in the various locations: a Brooklyn apartment, a Florida condominium, a beach, a restaurant, etc.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

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

Casting

2m, 3f

REGINALD HERRING - 60s-70s.
DORRIS CABELLA - 60s-70s.
ERNIE CABELLA - 60s-70s.
SHEILA HASKETT - 60s-70s.
BEV PERKINS - 60s-70s.

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

All parts between the ages of 60-70.

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Authors

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is a director, actor, producer, and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include The Root (five Drama-Logue Awards, four Carbonell nominations), Children at Play, Scrambled Eggs, Slambook, Social Studies, Dividends (with Fyvush Finkel and Reizl Bozyk), Stag, Shiva, Tropical Depression, Second Summer (Be ...

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Colleagues Theatre Company’s world premiere production of Gary Richards’ Second Summer at the Neighborhood Playhouse directed by Roy B. Steinberg. Set designer Drew Francis, lighting designer Jeff Fontaine and sound designer David A. Gilman.

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