The Puzzle With The Piazza

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  4w, 1m

As she's being forced to move out of her home, a septuagenarian enlists the help of her homebuyers to put together the last unfinished puzzle in her collection.

The Puzzle With The Piazza

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 1m
  • Duration
    90 minutes
  • Suggested Use
    • Monologues
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


A story of a septuagenarian, who has one jigsaw puzzle among her large collection that she’s never finished. It contains 3,000 pieces and she has less than a day to finish it, because poor health has forced her to move in with her younger sister… without her puzzles. This gentle, bittersweet play explores the fragility of family ties and the often much stronger bonds of friendship that lattice the final years of our lives.
The play received a series of virtual stagings in 2020 and 2021. The first was produced by Torrance Theatre Company in California. Its first live staging was in February 2022 by Catch a Star Theatrical Players in Beaumont, CA. 
Performing Groups

Althea Witlin
Leif Morrell
Mattie Pleshette
Connie Morrell
Ina Gluck

and the pre-recorded radio voices of one woman and two men.

  • Time Period New Millennium/21st Century
  • Features Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions


“Funny, at times heartbreaking and ultimately heartwarming.” — Patch

“A gentle, bittersweet comedy about the fragility of family ties, and the often much stronger bonds of friendship that lattice in the final years of our lives.” — Broadway World

“A pleasure to watch and listen to.” — Patch

Licensing & Materials

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


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Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn is a playwright, novelist and non-fiction author. A 35-year veteran of writing for the stage, Mark is the author of 15 full-length plays now available for licensing through Concord Theatricals. His most popular plays – Belles, Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain, Belle ...

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