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My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2f, 1m

A down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris and must live with the elderly woman that has inahbited it for decades. There, he learns friendship, falls in love, and must finally deal with the death of his father.

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 1m
  • Duration
    Duration
    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Romantic Comedy
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Description

Revised Edition, 2015

When a down on his luck middle aged man inherits an apartment in Paris, he plans to solve his financial woes by selling it. He arrives on the doorstep and discovers, to his dismay, that the elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law and she is not about to give them up. Because he has no other place to go, she invites him to stay in the spacious apartment. A spiral of friendship, romance with the old lady's outspoken daughter, and some uncomfortable revelations about his unmourned father affect all in this poignant play with strong roles for all three actors.

History
My Old Lady premiered at Gloucester Stage Company in Gloucester, MA in 1996 under the direction of David Wheeler.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

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

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Setting:

Living room of Mathilde's apartment, overlooking le Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris. Mid-autumn, the present. One week: from Monday morning until the following Sunday morning.

Casting

2f, 1m
Cast Attributes
  • Parts for Senior Actors
MATHIAS "JIM" GOLD - 55; American; still handsome.
MATHILDE GIFFARD - 94; French; still beautiful.
CHLOE GIFFARD - 55; French; still beautiful.

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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REVIEWS

"This production underlines the play's sadness without diluting the leavening touches of comedy that make it so satisfying." - Wall Street Journal

Videos

  • Israel Horovitz on Changing As a Playwright

  • Israel Horovitz on Short Plays

  • Israel Horovitz on My Old Lady

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Authors

Israel Horovitz

Israel Horovitz is a playwright, director and actor. His plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His 70+ plays include Line (which ran for 50 years of continuous performance, off-Broadway, at 13th St. Repertory Theatre), The Indian Wants The Bronx ...

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