Dori Appel Playwright and Poet 


Hot Flashes: Revelations of a Dangerous Age!
Co-authored with Carolyn Myers
Hot Flashes: Revelations of a Dangerous Age! A comedic full-length play about menopause available from Samuel French, Inc.

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 which…

.. 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 job discrimination.
.. Carnival barkers introduce a bevy of older femme fatales.
.. 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