November 6th-10th 2018
My Old Lady – Israel Horvitz
directed by Steph Austin
Reading: Sunday 8th April 2018
Auditions: Wednesday 11th and Sunday 15th April 2019
Mathias "Jim" Gold. American 55-65 still handsome.
Mathilde Gifard French 94, still beautiful
Chloe Giffard, her daughter, French, 55, still beautiful
Mathilde and Chloe do not need to speak with French accents throughout the play. However, occasional lines are in French, and these must sound right, so a credible French accent will be required. Jim must have a detectable American accent.
Jim, a down on his luck, middle-aged American inherits an apartment in Paris from his estranged father. He plans to solve all his financial problems by selling it. But when he arrives on the doorstep, he discovers, to his dismay, that an elderly woman living there has lifetime habitation rights under an arcane French law, and she is not about to give them up. Because he has nowhere else to go, she invites him to stay in the apartment. A spiral of friendship and romance with the old lady's outspoken daughter lead to some uncomfortable and tragic revelations about his father which affect the lives of all concerned.
This is a poignant play, with strong roles for all three characters.