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Engstrom, Elmer N. (American playwright, retired, 1922-____), “Eighty Something,”

a 20-minute comedy drama in English, set in living room of an elderly housing facility, late afternoon, 1997,


© 1997, script/rights available from Elmer N. Engstrom, 33 Thompson Avenue, Hingham, Massachusetts 02043, U.S.A., elmereng@aol.com. Cited by Elmer N. Engstrom via e-mail December 4, 1998; Engstrom says,

  § Dramatis Personae Molly (f), 70s, wife; Jerry (m), 70s, husband.

  § Synopsis “Molly and Jerry have just moved into an elderly housing facility. Molly is in a wheel chair, and both are wondering about the state of their memory and other faculties. They are trying to get used to this very different setting for their lives. They forget things and remember them, lose things and find them, reminisce about the house they have just left, the children they raised there, and the work they did. They argue and joke, and finally they decide where to have dinner.

  § Comment “One scene. Production requirements: a wheelchair, a telephone, and minimal living room furniture. Good reception at readings, but no production experience. The play is about two people keeping up their spirits as they tip over the edge onto the final slope.”

  § Themes aging, elderly housing, marriage.

See also Elmer N. Engstrom’s

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