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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  • Hope Villanueva:
    6 Jun. 2020
    A completely fascinating musing on the future and aging (and not aging) that still manages to remain personal and human. It's possible to see each character's struggle clearly, making it impossible to take sides in the play's central debate: Is it better to age or stay forever young? I'd love to see this play in production, as well, and learn what a good group of designers will do with the future technology elements.
  • Elana Gartner:
    2 Apr. 2020
    Portman does an excellent job of world building for the future while demonstrating the very real problems that her characters are struggling with regarding mortality, ethics and relationships. Well-written and engaging!
  • Chas Belov:
    29 Apr. 2018
    I saw the Quantum Dragon production and loved it. A delightful and touching look at how aging is treated in society told as speculative fiction with a larger-than-life central character.

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
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    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
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    Female
    Marin in her late 80s. Functions as a narrator.

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