Hot Flashes: Revelations of a Dangerous Age!
Co-authored with Carolyn Myers
What previously forbidden subject is now a hot topic for
baby boomers and beyond?
Hot Flashes is a fast-paced,
highly original comedy about menopause which has been
delighting audiences throughout the United States. A
main stage hit at the 2004 Senior Theatre Festival in
Las Vegas, its nine lively scenes also include a
finalist and a runner-up in the Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors
competition and a slam poetry winner.
Flexible casting possibilities allow from two to twenty
actresses to perform nine scenes about the unique
challenges and comical adventures of menopause, in
.. A woman takes action against outmoded medical jargon
.. Two friends meet the onset of "creeping invisibility"
with a high-spirited solution.
.. An attack of menopausal symptoms during a holiday
dinner inspires some wild physical comedy.
.. A middle-aged artist takes an original approach to
.. Carnival barkers introduce a bevy of older femme
.. A pair of ovaries celebrate retirement with a
hilarious "Last hurrah".
.. Old friends exchange shared memories- more or less.
.. A face-lift consultation leads to an epiphany.
.. The challenges of menopause are presented in the
savvy style of slam poetry.
Hot Flashes is a two-act
comedy with extremely flexible casting, from 2 to 20
females. One flexible interior set. Running time: about
105 minutes. The play is available from
Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th Street, New York, N.Y.
10010, 212-206-8990 fax: 212-206-1429
"While Hot Flashes is a play
that speaks specifically to women 'of a certain age', it
has been striking responsive chords with members of both
sexes and a wide range of ages in our general audience.
By turns funny and insightful, wildly hilarious and
poignant, broadly comic and poetic, it breaks new ground
in presenting issues about menopause and aging which
have only recently begun to be discussed, and also
provides the theatrical excitement of well-crafted
scenes, full of heart and humor." —Cynthia Salbato,
Independent Producer, Ashland, Oregon.
Hot Flashes took an audience
of Senior Drama Professionals by storm in Las Vegas: a
fast, funny, and —yes— hot take on growing older… Will
appeal to senior theatre companies everywhere, not only
for its professional quality, but for the way it speaks
truths to older Americans, both female and male
alike—with humor, cleverness, and great warmth. —Alan
Woods, Director, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee Theatre
Research Institute, Founding board member, Senior
Theatre League of America.
"Our actors had a great time with Hot
Flashes and audiences absolutely loved
it!— We were sold out for every performance!"
—Prosper Egan, Producing Director Senior Theatre of
Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, South Carolina.
"…firmly on the pulse of local Baby Boomers…should
appeal to men and women of all ages." —Ashland Daily
Tidings, Ashland, Oregon