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A Facility for Living

Katie Forgette

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 3m

Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed...

A Facility for Living

by  Katie Forgette

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description

Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and the election of Dick Cheney to President.  There he discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent on bucking the dehumanizing system in which they have landed. Together, this band of aging misfits rediscovers purpose and dignity in the face of a system mightily stacked against them. A delightful comedy with bite from Katie Forgette, that dares to confront the issue of aging in America.

History
A Facility for Living premiered at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle, Washington under the title Assisted Living in April of 2013. 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The second floor of Federal Nursing Home #273, in the not-so-distant future.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3f, 3m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors
KEVIN - (25-35) aspirations exceed opportunities and perhaps intellect.  Tattoos.

BEATRICE "JUDY" HART - (65+) ill, but not so that you would necessarily notice.

WALLY CARMICHAEL - (65+) cranky mush-pot.  Well hidden, but present, regard for human frailty. 

NURSE CLAUDIA - (30-50) re-energized in her role as a nurse now that personal responsibility is the new slogan in health care. Speaks quickly and with authority.  Tough love practitioner, not sadistic.

MITZI KRAMER - (65+) former nurse, now resident; declining health but not kindness.  Her speech is fluid and bright.  She could very easily be mistaken for an employee at the nursing home except for rare moments of pixilation.

JOE TAYLOR - (65+) loyal, tenacious.

Music

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

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Press

"[a] raucous and relevant comedy" - Broadway World

"A Facility for Living...proves to be as hilarious as it is timely." - Detroit Free Press

"[A Facility for Living] is a rare play that at times is over-the-top in storyline as well as humor, and yet is balanced nicely with touching moments. It is a play that has heart." - The Examiner

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Authors

Katie Forgette

Katie Forgette has spent most of her professional life as an actor. At the Seattle Repertory Theatre she appeared in Inspecting Carol, An Ideal Husband, Private Eyes, All in the Timing, Scapin, Dancing at Lughnasa, Buying Time, A Flaw in the Ointment, Harvey, The Miser, Six Characters in Search of an Author, End of the ...

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