WHEN is the perfect play for a high school-aged cast. It is also rich in characters for women: EIGHT great roles for girls, three for men and can be made into a much larger cast with many more FEMALE ROLES. In it's initial production, we used more than 25 kids in roles but the small cast option is twelve.
The play is a portrait of a woman, Blithe, who raised twin daughters on a cattle ranch in Idaho, though she always dreamed of a life on the Broadway stage. She ran the local high school drama program for 30 years until Alzheimer's Disease forced her into a local home.
True to her DNA, her daughter Audrey (named after Audrey Hepburn) runs away at 18 to go to school in New York City against her mother's wishes. She becomes a Tony Award-winning director and one day she gets a call that she needs to return home immediately if she wants to reconcile with her mother before its too late.
So Audrey goes home for a few days to the Idaho ranch, thick with the ghosts of her past, to deal with a mother she hasn't seen for 18 years and confront the emotions that prevent her from moving forward in her career and with the man she doesn't know she loves.
WHEN was written for the Alzheimer's Association of St. George, Utah for awareness and fundraising. Using this play in conjunction with a service project (the Alzheimer's Memory Walk is an event that will change your students lives as it did mine.
Teachers that want to produce WHEN should contact the author for permission.