Assisted Living and Modern Times: Almost A Musical - 2 One Act Plays
By David Laing Dawson
Assisted Living Anne, an aging thespian and English teacher, now in her mid eighties and recently widowed, is determined to maintain her independence and stay in the house she shared with Poppy. Her daughter Katherine arrives with groceries and a determination to help, organize, be sensible, and plan for the future, only to find her less-than-reliable brother has been there before her. With a wry sense of humour, Dawson explores a few of the issues of family and aging that face us all.
Modern Times, Almost a Musical 70 minute one act play Lost souls, smart phones, unattended packages. Saints, sinners, and an angel on call. A play that asks the question, “Is it possible to love Rob Ford and Mike Duffy at the same time, and, if not, well, who wants that last piece of pumpkin pie?”
Modern Times was first performed in Nov. 2013 at the The Pearl Company, Hamilton, Ontario and then at the 2014 Fringe Festival Hamilton : July 17 - 27 at Gallery on the Bay
Assisted Living was performed at the Gallery on the Bay in December 2014
As the Hamilton Spectator said, "it's an engaging look at a mother and daughter attempting to put salve on a bruised relationship".
Dawson is also the author of two other one act playspublished together by Bridgeross - Here Not There which was performed at the Hamilton Fringe Festival and Walter a docudrama originally done as a film which has been screened at various film festivals and on TV Ontario. See http://bridgeross.com/dawson.html