Still Life With Nudes-One Act


Why did the pretentious gallery not choose their art? The seniors’ only option is to protest, which leads them to even more challenges. Great characters in a strong script!

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  • George Johnson

    50 minute comedy
    3 men, 4 women

    A group of high-spirited seniors, the Ancient Acorns, stage a sit-in at a gallery that just happens to be a former water treatment plant. The reason? Their leader, Betty Dilliwick’s enormous paintings of her friends have been rejected. The Acorns confront the management. A fracas erupts. A multimedia, interactive installation is born, and pleases almost everyone except prim and proper Acorn President Helen Archer. She has taken the moral high road from the beginning and winds up taking a splash in the Fountain of Youth, a former cistern. Comes in 1 act or 2 act versions. No nudity!

    a winning combination of engaging characters, smart dialogue, witty interaction, very solid dramatic structure and, most importantly, a lot of heart! — Colleen Murphy

    “Our audience loved this show! It is a great comedy with insights about body image, well drawn characters, and strong dialogue. We are a Readers Theatre, so I gave a brief introduction ending with, “Spirited senior citizens are about to descend on this pretentious gallery. I think I hear them coming.’” The ‘Ancient Acorns’ then marched through the audience and onto the stage singing their fight song and carrying placards. The audience was charmed from the very first line!” J. Willis, WA

    • Winner: National Playwriting Competition
    • Winner: Gladys Cameron Watt Award in the Canadian One Act Playwriting Competition
    • Finalist: McLaren Memorial Comedy Play Writing Competition

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