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The Old Lady\'s Guide to Survival
The Old Lady's Guide to Survival
By Mayo Simon.

Cast: 2w. "Netty, waiting for a bus that will take her to an eye clinic, muses about the paths her life has taken since her husband died. She adjusted to being alone by going to plays and concerts and taking classes at the Institute for Continued Learning. She loves, too, to plan trips. Sometimes she even takes them. But she's got this problem with her eyes, and she is coping with the fear of losing her independence. Along comes Shprintzy, a fey woman Netty knows only slightly and doesn't want to know any better. But Shprintzy has mastered the San Diego public transportation system. She reels off bus schedules and their interlocking connections to all parts of Southern California. Netty accepts Shprintzy's help to get her to the eye clinic, thereby reaching out, almost against her will, to another human being. It is obvious from the outset that Netty and Shprintzy are destined to become bosom friends. Physical darkness is threatening Netty, and mental darkness is beginning to envelop Shprintzy. But Netty, tough and independent, forces the more vulnerable Shprintzy to stand tall and move among strangers without fear. In turn, the childlike Shprintzy leads Netty toward an understanding of her inability to cope without help from friends, even a friend as flighty as Shprintzy. There is a touching scene in which Netty, nearly blind, guides Shprintzy, fading slowly into incompetence, through the process of helping her write a check. It's a process neither could do alone, but in accomplishing it, says Shprintzy, they together make up a whole person." (Louisville Courier-Journal) Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  O48
Cast Size:  2
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  61
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  75 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama
ISBN (10): 0871291932
Mayo Simon has written extensively for television, film and the stage. His short documentary, Why Man Creates, won a number of international prizes including an Academy Award for best short subject. His plays have been produced in many theaters in this country and in Europe. They include Walking to Waldheim and Happiness (Lincoln Center), L.A. Under Seige (Mark Taper Forum, ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the U.S. and Canada
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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