The Americans are Coming by David Laing Dawson
Charles and Shirley, married, retired Canadian school teachers, have downsized to a townhouse. Charles wanders in late one night, a little drunk and carrying a large parcel. Though Charles has never owned a gun before, he has purchased that day, to Shirley's surprise, a rifle. Charles slowly reveals the purpose of the rifle and this leads to a discussion/rant/argument/examination of their lives, missed opportunities, failures and regrets. A story of family, aging, life and longings, told with drama, warmth and more than a little humour.
Produced by Gallery on the Bay, Hamilton ON, as Here Not There, 2012
Keywords: Canada, retirement, downsizing, aging, regret and longing. Family, couple.
Run time: 70 minutes
Content note: Contains some swearing, a rifle (not fired), breaking of a window, shattering of a vase. Minimal set.
Cast size: 2 actors
Male roles: 1
Female roles: 1
Casting note: Charles is about 70, Shirley about 65. Married Couple.