Four women meet once a year for a ritual photo shoot, chronicling their changing (and aging) selves as they navigate love, careers, children, and the complications of history. But when these private photographs threaten to go public, relationships are tested, forcing the women to confront who they are and how they’ll deal with whatever lies ahead. 20TH CENTURY BLUES is a sharply funny and evocative play that questions our place in the world and with one another.
Casting 5 Women 1 Man
The four main characters are women in their 60’s. They are funny, passionate, and complicated women. Each woman brings a unique history as well as pressing current concerns to the table.
Danny- Attractive with a great sense of humor, with an artist energy and a wild strain. Layered with angst and self doubt. Divorced. Has a grown son, Simon. She is an accomplished well-known photographer at a crucial turning point in her life.
Sil- A real estate agent. Separated from her husband. She works her ass off to keep current and to keep afloat.
Mac– A high-leveled journalist. African American. She is witty, smart, and opinionated. Lives with her female partner.
Gabby– A dedicated veterinarian running her own practice. She lives in Boston with her one and only husband. She doesn’t do well with conflict, and wants everyone to be “okay”.
Bess-Danny’s Mother 91, can be played by someone a good deal younger. In no way is she a generic “old” woman. She is modern and loving, with former talents of her own. She is in the early stages of Dementia.
Simon- Danny’s son early 30’s. Smart, Sense of Humor. He works for a progressive TV program. He is close to his mother and grandmother.
1-2 minute contemporary monologue
Located in the Bell Mar Plaza on the corner of Ave of the Arts (114th Ave) and Bell Road. The Theatre is in the breezeway next door to Hurricane Grill.
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