Set in the all-important year of 2000, He Held Me Grand focuses on one American family and 100 years of its history. Music, secrets, humor, tragedy, reunions, death, war, racism, ghosts—all play a part in the rich fabric that helps create a universal identity for the family. The play begins with a young man driving cross-country to meet a grandmother he never knew, arriving in the middle of the night with an address in his hand and questions in his heart. Suddenly he's pulled into a tangle of relationships and family dynamics he's never known. Three elderly sisters—April, May and June—are reunited for the occasion of news from the oldest sister: at the age of 88 she's decided to get married—to a man she's met in a chatroom for senior citizens on the Internet. This surprising announcesment sets off unexpected fireworks that ultimately brings the family closer together, though hardly in ways they could have ever imagined. He Held Me Grand is a celebration of growing older in a culture that pretends to grow younger. As one character in the play says: "Ninety-three years sounds like a long time, I bet. It isn't. It goes by surprisingly fast." At its heart, He Held Me Grand is a love story that cuts across generations.
- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code H86000
- Cast Size 20
- Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
- Cost $8.95
- Approx. Run Time 180 min
- ISBN(13) 9781583422304
- "We had the privilege of presenting He Held Me Grand, and my students and I had a wonderful experience! We laughed and cried when the events of the 20th century came to life for us. It was a true learning experience for the audience and the performers, and audiences of all ages, grandparents to grade school students, could identify with the show. I especially appreciated the way the show handles the issue of racism, as the humanity of the characters allows us to understand, empathize, and even examine our own consciences regarding the issue. Thank you for offering this wonderful play to us! "
- Review by Patricia Haynes, Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School