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Oh, Charlie

By Playwright Carl Stillitano
average rating is 5 out of 5
Digital Copy $10 | Hard Copy $20

"Oh, Charlie" is a character-driven play set in a one-bedroom apartment in a generic assisted-senior-living facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. The story revolves around two main characters, Brian Andrews and Charlie Posner, who are in their fifties and sixties. Brian is fifty-one years old and fit for his age, while Charlie is sixty-six years old and still spry. The play explores themes of aging, friendship, family, and self-discovery. 

Throughout the play, Brian and Charlie engage in conversations about various topics, including their age and physical fitness, Brian's living situation, and the cost of living in an assisted-senior-living facility. They also discuss Charlie's recent cosmetic surgery, his relationship with his daughter Candice, and his pursuit of a new romantic interest. 

The play touches on Charlie's feelings of disappointment and loneliness on his birthday, as well as his desire for connection and understanding. The play also delves into Charlie's interest in Apexatropin, a product that Brian is unfamiliar with, and their views on aging and health.   

It explores Charlie's visit to Brian's apartment, their shared passion for boxing, and the possibility of becoming business partners in managing boxers. The play offers a glimpse into the lives of two individuals who are searching for meaning and fulfillment in their later years, and it highlights the complexities of human relationships and the power of friendship and support in overcoming life's obstacles.

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Reading plays that explore mental health challenges can offer numerous key benefits

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Increased Awareness and Understanding: These plays provide insight into  mental health issues, helping readers gain a deeper understanding of various conditions such as anxiety, depression, addiction, and more.

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The Author

Carl Stillitano

Carl Stillitano is a writer, playwright, director, and producer originally from Mount Vernon, New York. With over three decades of experience, he has served as an artistic director for Seva Productions and One Heart theater companies in NYC, while also mentoring artists and youth through self-actualization workshops.

Personal Motovations

For a quarter of a century, I've been acquainted with the real-life Charlie. The tale I've spun is an exaggerated rendition of the day we spent together in Vegas back in 2019. Drawing from our shared experiences and the colorful essence of Charlie's personality, the narrative unfolds into a larger-than-life depiction of our escapades, infused with humor, mischief, and the unforgettable quirks that define our friendship.

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