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A Facility for Living

Katie Forgette

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573702525

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...

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - The second floor of Federal Nursing Home #273, in the not-so-distant future.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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.

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

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

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.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

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 Day, Love Diatribe, and Long Day's Journey into Night. She has also appeared in ... view full profile

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Richard Rose 03/02/2015 23:35
Katie Forgette's play is truly a winner. Aside from being fun to produce and for everyone working on the show, Barter Theatre's patrons truly embraced this play. Six months following the production, the run of which was extended and the sales of which were spectacular, our audience is still talking about the show. It's a well crafted show that is both topical, edgy, funny and also very sincere in its relationships. In every way, we are extremely proud to have produced this work. She is a gifted writer.
Jeff Steitzer 31/01/2015 11:24
I had the good fortune to appear in the World Premiere of Katie Forgette's play and I am here to tell you that I have rarely seen an audience have as much fun as they did at this.  The laughter was frequent, loud and long.  The play's glimpse of a future we may be headed for was extremely compelling and generated a lot of discussion amongst audience members.  This delightful play has it all.
peter burr 19/01/2015 12:06
I saw the world premiere in Seattle: an AWESOME play, hysterical, biting, dark, uplifting, brilliant writing.Should be required reading for anyone over 50, and for anyone with parents. One of the great plays in American literature

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