As You Were: A Dark Comedy by Elliott Hayes
Edgar, his new wife Ellen, his brother Ian, his sister Kim, and her lover, Karen (Edgar’s ex-wife) attempt to cope with the death of Roger. Does Roger come back as a ghost? How did he die? Why did he die? What happens to his cremated ashes?
Through witty, thoughtful dialogue the characters' personalities and relationships evolve creating a powerful play that deals with loss and suicide in an unique, candid and humorous way.
Keywords: siblings, reptiles, mystery, death, cremation, funeral, ghosts, suicide, God, tortoises, snake
Genre: Dark Comedy
Run time: approx. 90 minutes
Production note: Set for both acts is Edgar and Ellen’s living room.
Cast size: 5 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 3
Edgar…. an architect in his early 50’s
Ellen……Edgar’s 2nd wife in her late 30’s
Karen….Edgars ex-wife, a school teacher, nearing 50
KIm......Edgar’s sister, a zoo guide, Karen’s lover in her late 30’s
Ian……..Edgar’s brother, a paleontologist, in his late 40’s