Lily’s Song

Written by:

Bet O'Toole

Cast Size:
10

Roles For:

  • Men: 2
  • People with Disabilities: 1
  • Women: 8

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Alzheimers
Illness
Love
Memory

Length:

85 min.

Year Written:

2005

Synopsis:

Lily’s Song is a loving tribute to the author’s mother, who was struck with Alzheimer’s late in life. The play opens with Lily downstage right in a nursing home, and the character of her Memory takes the stage and addresses the audience. She tells them that although Lily has forgotten this, she holds Lily’s splendour, and by the end of the play, so shall they. The play then moves by lighting (the primary metaphor of the play) and music back and forth between Lily’s memories and the home. The underlying theme of universal loss drives each scene, some humorous, some tragic, but ultimately they play is a testament to love.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Lily, in her late sixties

Nurse One

Nurse Two

Memory of Lily

Brenda, Lily’s sister

Seth, Lily’s husband

Helen, an Alzheimer patient

Joey, Lily’s son

Jenna, Lily’s daughter

Alice, Lily’s best friend

First Produced:

2005, Saint John's Imperial Theatre

Resources:

Digital copy available through the CPO Website.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

Notes:

“Bet [O’Toole] became a member of the Playwright Guild of Canada after her play Lily’s Song was performed at Saint John’s Imperial Theatre in 2005, and then again in 2008. It was a highly successful fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society, during which Bet played her mother in a nursing home.” (From the PARC Website)