The Exit Strategy Club – A Dark Comedy about Death (+ that Life is Worth Living)

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Julie, Mike, James, Roger, and Sidney have a secret club. And not the usual book club or wine-tasting club you might expect a nice group of sixty-somethings to belong to. Nope. This one is called “The Exit Strategy Club”, and its monthly meetings are held to discuss everyone’s end of life plans. Sooner or later, they know they’re all going to die, and everyone wants it to be on their own terms.
Unbeknownst to the rest of the group, recently-divorced Sidney has decided that their Christmas meeting is the perfect time to put his own exit strategy into action. He plans to lace his drink with an overdose of sleeping pills, and die peacefully, surrounded by his friends. Unfortunately, Julie has invited a newcomer (a veterinarian named Lee) to the group, with the hope of setting her up with Sidney (or at the very least to help him get a new dog, since he lost his in the divorce). Sidney’s drugged drink accidentally gets switched with Lee’s, setting off a darkly comic chain of events – with musical theatre backing ably supplied by Broadway-loving couple Roger and James.
A dark comedy about death and (almost) dying.

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dark comedy about death

THE EXIT STRATEGY CLUB – A DARK COMEDY ABOUT DEATH

Julie, Mike, James, Roger, and Sidney have a secret club. And not the usual book club or wine-tasting club you might expect a nice group of sixty-somethings to belong to. Nope. This one is called “The Exit Strategy Club”, and its monthly meetings are held to discuss everyone’s end of life plans. Sooner or later, they know they’re all going to die, and everyone wants it to be on their own terms.
Unbeknownst to the rest of the group, recently-divorced Sidney has decided that their Christmas meeting is the perfect time to put his own exit strategy into action. He plans to lace his drink with an overdose of sleeping pills, and die peacefully, surrounded by his friends. Unfortunately, Julie has invited a newcomer (a veterinarian named Lee) to the group, with the hope of setting her up with Sidney (or at the very least to help him get a new dog, since he lost his in the divorce). Sidney’s drugged drink accidentally gets switched with Lee’s, setting off a darkly comic chain of events – with musical theatre backing ably supplied by Broadway-loving couple Roger and James.
A dark comedy about death and (almost) dying.

Other plays by author Carlos Perez:

In Hyding – the award winning alternative Jekyll and Hyde screenplay
In Hyding – the alternative Jekyll and Hyde stage play

Authors: Vicki Vodrey and Carlos Perez

Type: Two-act play

Genre: Dark Comedy about Death, farce

Cast: 4M 2F

Ages of the actors: All over fifty – most in their sixties

Suitable for: Adults. Trigger: Play about Considering Suicide. Disclaimer: the script is a piece of fiction and not related to anyone living or dead. The authors take the subject of suicide seriously and this script is not intended to cause offense in any way.

Length: Ninety minutes

Set: A living room in the suburbs. It is furnished nicely but comfortably. There are scattered pictures of children, vacations, holidays and pets. It’s the Christmas season and there are holiday cards from friends and family taped around one of the doorways, along with a black Christmas tree on a table in a corner that has been decorated with white sugar skull ornaments. There is a recliner that has a throw over it that is next to an end table. There is a large coffee table in front of the couch. A couple of nice folding chairs have been set up around the coffee table. There is a Disney bean bag in the middle of the room. Mike has his legs in it and is doing crunches and counting. Julie is on the phone, trying her best to not draw Mike’s attention. Besides the living room, there are three entrances/exits, one to the kitchen, one to a bathroom and another to a bedroom

Level of difficulty: 7/10: A sensitive subject underlies this whole play and the actors must not be blaze about it

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Copyright © June 2021 Carlos Perez and Vicki Vodrey

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