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Old Dog A Full-length play
By
Joshua James

Raunchy, rowdy and touching, Old Dog is the comic tale of a hot-tempered love affair between Hank and Bea, two feisty, Set-in-their-ways By-God Adults with a lot of mileage behind them and lots of rough road up ahead. A deeply moving and funny examination of small-town love after a certain age, OLD DOG celebrates the pure joy of never being too old to kiss, cuddle or get into a bar brawl.

Cast Requirments

Hank
Hard-drinking rowdy man of about seventy years of age with bristling white hair, horn-rimmed glasses and plenty of fight still left in his old bones.
Bea
Hairdresser, about sixty-five with silver hair, smart glint to her eye and a tendency to not take guff from anyone.
Ida
Bartender, forty or so, good-looking woman with a lot of sass.
Bonnie
Bea's best friend, late forties, waitress.
Janis
Very pretty blond girl, works for Bea.
Curly
Janis's boyfriend, a big dumb Jethro Bodine type.
Beaner
Hank's friend, fifties and short, bald, heavy and kind of shy.
Swede
Hank's other friend, mid-fifties, tall, gawky and always smiling. He is from Sweden.
Doctor
Female, in her thirties, tall no-nonsense type.

Settings

Minimal sets at in various bars and a beauty salon all located in different small towns just outside of Omaha NE, with the exception of a brief camping trip up to the Black Hills.

Running time of the play is 110 minutes and performed without a break or an intermission.

Play History

Old Dog has received staged readings at Ensemble Studio Theatre (featuring Tom Ligon), The Directors Company, Storyline Project (directed by Peter Sander), Circle Repertory Theatre (as part of the Playwrights Project) and La Mama New Voices New Works (directed by Sarah Orth).

Special Notes

Old Dog is a companion piece to another full-length play by Joshua James entitled RUNNING IN PLACE. Both plays feature the same two characters, Bea and Bonnie, though with completely different stories. In RUNNING IN PLACE the story is focused upon Bonnie and Bea is a supporting character and in OLD DOG the show clearly belongs to Bea and her cranky boyfriend Hank.

Bea
How come you never got yourself married?

Hank
Ain't life hard enough?

Bea
Didn't you ever want a family, you know, kids?

Hank
Shit no. Can barely take care of myself, much less anybody else. What 'bout you?

Bea
Couldn't ever have kids. 'Cept for that, my marriage was a roarin' success, up until he passed on.

Hank
I met a few girls I liked enough to marry, but I always liked 'em so much I figgered why ruin their lives by makin' 'em live with me.

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