Extended Wings by Michael Armstrong
Mads is a rebellious teen being raised by her grandmother, Viv, an aging rabble rouser. Willie is a First Nations man living in the city and alienated from his home and his people. Mads answers an ad for a part time job helping Willie with shopping and cleaning and their relationship grows. When Viv is diagnosed with cancer, Mads is forced to grow up in a hurry. This is the story of how three people come to help each other in ways they never expected. It is a play about bringing generations and stories and cultures together with simple acts of humanity. It is a play about being human beings.
Produced by Western Edge Theatre, Nanaimo, BC, Fall 2018
Keywords: seniors, generations, isolation, humanity
Run time: 75 minutes
Content note: The older female character is diagnosed with cancer and some deterioration in her health is depicted. There is some swearing.
Cast size: 3 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 2
Other roles: 3
Casting note: The play involved two seniors (one First Nations male, one white female) and a teenage girl. There are 3 recorded voices (one First Nations) who do not appear onstage.