The Days Are as Grass
by Carol Hall
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 1m, 1f
The Days Are as Grass is a full-length performance consisting of eight short plays by Carol Hall. They were written to be performed by two actors, one man and one woman. However, they can also be performed by a larger cast.
The Days Are as Grass is a full-length performance consisting of eight short plays by Carol Hall. They were written to be performed by two actors, one man and one woman. However, they can also be performed by a larger cast. The actors portray more than a dozen characters ranging in age from 40 to 85, exploring the fragility of hope, memory, old friends, lost loves, and the inevitability of time. The tone is always a blend of the funny and the touching, as the characters march bravely into that last colorful sunset, still fully engaged by life’s changes, love’s quirks, and the surprises of age.
The short plays are written to be performed as a single evening. They include:
"Vacation" - A married couple enjoying a relaxing weekend, become obsessed with a couple traveling nearby who are clearly having an illicit affair.
"Last Will and Testament" - A well meaning socialite tries to write her will, so that after her death all her friends and loved ones can receive a “small memento,” but she finds that “details of your own mortality can be exhausting. And I’m sure death is no picnic either.”
"Life Time" - A couple has been together so long they barely need words to express themselves. “Memory loss is the best thing that ever happened to me. Saves time. Saves effort.”
"Sensations" - A bickering couple sit in twin rockers in matching robes and slippers and wait for the pills they’ve secretly saved up to take effect and end their lives — but did they do it correctly? And if not, whose fault is that, anyway?
"The River Jordan Lamp" - A woman living alone in a trailer park makes an unusual connection with a young migrant worker — and eventually sees the light, or the absence of one, as she pays for what she calls her “sin of the flesh.”
"Jack and Jill" - A brother and sister in their mid-forties, hilariously try to come to terms with the idea of their divorced parents getting back together after 35 years.
"The Days Are as Grass" (title piece) - A younger man and older woman have an argument about what happened to their affair, while literary quotes still appear to bind them affectionately.
"The Last Word" - A husband chatters away as he pushes the wheelchair of his mute and paralyzed wife, while we are able to hear everything she’s thinking.
“Love and Death On the Fringe...A delightful blend of humor and poignancy...a beautifully and intelligently written exploration of the universal themes of love and death." — Rebecca Daniels, Woodstock Times
“The Days Are as Grass — A ‘Spirit’ Delight” [With] often hilarious dialogue, interspersed with poignant scenes and monologues...the play looks at us as we are, with all our foibles, and still allows us to walk out feeling glad we came." — Eleanor Cade Busby, The Lincoln County News, Damariscotta, Maine
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: These are eight one-act plays which take place in eight different locations. The theatrical setting could, therefore, be as simple as a bare stage with flexible elements, or a series of juxtaposed spaces with characters interwoven through them.
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
MAN - 45-50, urban, witty, tells a good story
WOMAN - 45-50, loves detail, can't get enough of it
"Last Will and Testament"
WOMAN - 50, elegant, conservative, nervous perfectionist
DADDY - 80, cheerful, easy-going
MOTHER - 80, no-nonsense
MAN - 70, critical, cautious, judgmental
WOMAN - 70, chatty, light-hearted, trusting
"The River Jordan Lamp"
WOMAN - 45-50, simple, countrywoman, a little worn by a hardscrabble life, living alone in her trailer
"Jack and Jill"
JACK - 40, brother, calm, even-tempered, the person everyone else depends on
JILL - 40, sister, permanently upset
"The Days Are as Grass"
WOMAN - 60-65, quick, bright, wise, centered
MAN - 40-45, attractive, literate, intelligent, sardonic
WOMAN - 50+, in a wheelchair, paralyzed but full of thoughts
MAN - 50+, optimistic, kind, always hoping for the best
- Ensemble cast
- Non-Traditional casting
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
- Expandable casting
- Flexible casting
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
- Parts for Senior Actors
Plays were written to be performed by two actors, one man and one woman. However, they can also be performed by a larger cast. The actors portray fourteen (14) characters (8 female and 6 male) ranging in age from 40 to 85.
The Days Are as Grass was first presented by Byrdcliffe Theatre at the Woodstock Fringe festival in Woodstock, New York, in 2004.