Take Care by Ellen Denny
Having paused her career to raise her daughter, 42 year old writer Johanna Dunham is finally plotting her grand return. She’s even one-upped Virginia Woolf and found the perfect 'house of one's own’ where she can write. But when her husband suffers a stroke, Johanna is thrust into life as a caregiver spouse and single mom to Lucy. After a disastrous visit to a caregivers support group, Johanna is on the brink of driving off into the night, when she nearly runs over Len, the handsome young firefighter-next-door longing for an escape of his own…A funny, messy, honest look at surviving life’s curveballs. “Artist moms are different cause they need lots of sleep, except at night.”
Keywords: women, mother, daughter, caregiver, caregiving, affair, marriage, parenting, puberty, coming of age, Shakespeare, firefighter, writer, writing, vibraphone, family, healing
Produced by Here for Now Theatre, Stratford ON, August 2022
Run time: 90 minutes
Content note: Contains swearing, references to a stroke, suggestion of a sexual relationship
Cast size: 3 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 2
Musicians required: 1
Casting notes: The character of Len is written as Black, but the playwright is open to considering casting of a non-white actor who identifies as another racialized minority (with a small script adjustment - please contact).
The role of Lucy, age 12, is preferably played by a youth actor (age 12-18), though it may be cast with an adult (age 18-25) if necessary.
A live musician (vibraphone) is preferred, but not strictly necessary should it be prohibitive to the viability of producing the work.
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