Ageless

[Full-length] Ninety is the new thirty at the turn of the 22nd century. When Marin refuses to take the anti-aging drug celebrated by the rest of society, she invokes her mother’s ire and risks becoming marginalized in a culture that worships youth, denies death, and treats old age as a malady. As Marin’s choice begins to affect not only her but the people she loves, will she find the strength to hold out, or succumb to social pressure?
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Ageless

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  • Conor McShane:
    6 Dec. 2021
    The worldbuilding in this play is fantastic, suggesting a highly plausible future world where we may have solved aging but are still forced to confront the end of our existence. The hyper-sterile world suggests that without aging, life loses much of its meaning, without much use for art or poetry. The play presents some fascinating ethical dilemmas: aging is a natural part of life, but can bring a great deal of suffering; wouldn't we try to prevent it if we could? Portman's sensitive writing and masterful control of language make this a truly stunning play I'd love to see.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    5 Jul. 2021
    A powerful look at aging, our fears around it and the toll that takes on us. Well done.
  • Karen Lothan:
    27 May. 2021
    Set in the future, “Ageless” is a timely and engaging take on our fears of ageing. Thought-provoking issues set in a fascinating new world. Highly recommend.

Character Information

  • Marin
    Ages from 15 to 90,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    A genetic researcher and struggling poet. Dreamy and morbid. Begins the play at age 15 and ends at almost 90. Ages naturally throughout the play.
  • Olivia
    Appears 30s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Marin’s mother, also a genetic researcher. Appears early-mid 30s; does not appear to age throughout the play.
  • Errick
    Appears 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Marin’s boyfriend and later husband. A hydraulic engineer. Begins the play at 15 and appears mid-20s throughout the rest of the play.
  • Coral
    Teens/early 20s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Daughter of Marin and Errick.
  • Dylan
    80s,
    Any
    ,
    Male
    Marin’s father, 80s. Has aged naturally for most of his life.
  • Aged Marin
    Late 80s,
    Any
    ,
    Female
    Marin in her late 80s. Functions as a narrator.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Four Walls Theater
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Quantum Dragon Theatre
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Quantum Dragon Theatre
    ,
    2017