Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance

Written by:

Catherine Frid, Book & Lyrics, Music by Frank Horvat

Cast Size:
15

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 2
  • Men: 6
  • Women: 9

Genre:

Comedy
Drama
Musical/Opera

Themes:

Aging
Family
Friendship
Intergenerational
LGBTQ+
Love

Length:

100 min.

Year Written:

2019

Synopsis:

In this reverse coming-of-age musical comedy-drama about four seniors who plot to regain control of their finances and escape the Alpine Retirement Home.

A newcomer at the Home upsets the status quo, unleashing repressed desires and igniting conflict between staff and residents and their adult children. These struggles, and their dreams for their futures, create a bond between four of the Home’s residents – Claire, Alice, Hal and Nelly. They embark on a journey that forces them to wrestle with the power of choice and its consequences, and that challenges stereotypes about age, love, family, friendship … and freedom.

Characters:

CLAIRE Blondeau – female, 70s, a Francophone
LORI – female, early 40s, CLAIRE’s daughter
ALICE Young – female, 70s
NELLY Weeks – female, 60s
HAL Misstaff – male, 70s, uses a walker
TANYA – female, 30s – 50s, the Alpine Retirement Home administrator
BRUNO – male, TANYA’s ex-husband, about the same age as her
ZANE – male, 14, ALICE’s friend
JUDGE SCUM– female or male
RILEY – male or female, JUDGE SCUM’s assistant
BRYAN Misstaff – male, 40s, HAL’s son
WAITRESS – female
POLICE OFFICER – female or male, 30s – 60s
CAPTAIN WRY – looks male, is the ghost of NELLY
CRUISE SHIP PRESIDENT – female or male, 50s – 60s
RETIREMENT HOME RESIDENTS
REPORTERS

The four lead roles (3F, 1M) are characters of the age of 60. Diverse casting is encouraged. With doubling, Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance can be performed by 8 actors (5F, 3M).

First Produced:

Produced by Watercourse Theatre, at the Helen Gardiner Phelan Theatre Toronto ON, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 2019

Resources:

Spend Your Kids’ Inheritance is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

“The energy and joy which flows off that stage must be experienced to be believed…. It’s unique, it’s good, and it must be selling like hotcakes”. — Mike Anderson, Mooney on Theatre