Rosie, the Retired Rockette

ROSIE, THE RETIRED ROCKETTE - 4F, One-Act (10 min). 86-year old Rosie is in a nursing home, but she still thinks she's back in her fabulous Rockette days.

"I love it. It's just a lovely piece of black humor, yet heartwarming, and real. It's edgy, and sweet and funny... and a bit warped." (CJ Ehrlich, Playwrights' Binge, 2011)

"ROSIE THE RETIRED...
ROSIE, THE RETIRED ROCKETTE - 4F, One-Act (10 min). 86-year old Rosie is in a nursing home, but she still thinks she's back in her fabulous Rockette days.

"I love it. It's just a lovely piece of black humor, yet heartwarming, and real. It's edgy, and sweet and funny... and a bit warped." (CJ Ehrlich, Playwrights' Binge, 2011)

"ROSIE THE RETIRED ROCKETTE: An elderly ex-chorus girl relives her glory days when her granddaughters arrive for a holiday visit. A raucous, hilarious and moving story. Written by Daniel Guyton, Directed by Linda Nile." (Press Release, BroadwayWorld.com, 2013)

"When Dawn and her two daughters visit Dawn's mother, Rosie, in a nursing home, Rosie believes that she is in her dressing room at Radio City and that her granddaughters are two new Rockettes. While the granddaughters enjoy Rosie's scandalous stories - Rosie was a wild one - Dawn needs her mother to see and recognize her. The acting was lovely, the direction was quite good, and the story was moving." (Wendy Caster, ShowShowdown.blogspot.com, 2012)

"I saw your play in the Estrogenius Festival... It was GREAT! I took a friend of mine and she also LOVED your play. So moving and also funny. We were both in tears at the end." (Vanessa Shealy, Emerging Artists' Theatre, 2013)

"The Academy Theatre folks did two short plays, [including] the touching ROSIE, THE RETIRED ROCKETTE about an elderly woman living in a rest home being visited by her daughter and two granddaughters at Christmas. I quite loved [it]." (Linda M Young, HolidayHarbour.blogspot.com, 2012)

"I saw this twice last week, once at Merry Little Holiday Shorts and then at ARTC's Atlanta Christmas. Good show!" (Matt Lupo, Working Title Playwrights, 2012)

"We went to see Holiday Shorts yesterday at Onstage Atlanta. We loved it! 'ROSIE, THE RETIRED ROCKETTE' by Daniel Guyton was exceptional. Great Holiday experience. Tonight's the last night. Go see it!" (John Stutte, Onstage Atlanta, 2012)
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Rosie, the Retired Rockette

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    21 Feb. 2018
    This is a perfect Christmas play because it's so unlike most Christmas plays I've read. A perfect opportunity for 4 female actors of various ages -- that's rare, esepcially in a Christmas play! It's delightful, capturing the holiday spirit without being cliche - it has a saucy, feisty octogenarian Rockette who's had her way with plenty of sailors! It's silly, as many holiday plays are, but it's also serious, poignant with what it says about Alzheimer's and how family members react to the disease. Check it out! Produce it!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    City Theatre in Miami, FL
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Process Theatre's Play Day Read-A-Thon in Atlanta, GA
    ,
    2011

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Dubai Drama Club in Dubai, UAE
    ,
    2019
  • High School
    ,
    Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, NJ
    ,
    2019
  • High School
    ,
    Clear Creek Amana High School in Oxford, IA
    ,
    2018
  • Professional
    ,
    Lucan Drama Co in Dublin, Ireland
    ,
    2017
  • Professional
    ,
    Lionheart Theatre in Norcross, GA
    ,
    2017
  • High School
    ,
    South Sioux City High School Speech Team in South Sioux CIty, NE
    ,
    2017
  • High School
    ,
    Newnan High School in Newnan, GA
    ,
    2016
  • High School
    ,
    Valhalla High School in Valhalla, NY
    ,
    2015
  • Professional
    ,
    Second Stage Studio in Cumberland, RI
    ,
    2014
  • Professional
    ,
    Mirror Theatre in North Hollywood, CA
    ,
    2013
  • Professional
    ,
    Christ Lutheran Church in Monroe, MI
    ,
    2013
  • Professional
    ,
    Lionheart Theatre in Norcross, GA
    ,
    2013
  • High School
    ,
    Montgomery Central Middle School in Cunngingham, TN
    ,
    2013
  • Professional
    ,
    Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN
    ,
    2013
  • University
    ,
    Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY
    ,
    2013
  • Professional
    ,
    Estrogenius Festival in Manhattan, NY
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    Duncanville Community Theatre in Duncanville, TX
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    Performing Arts Foundation of Luna County in Deming, NM
    ,
    2012
  • High School
    ,
    Madrid High School in Madrid, IA
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    Onstage Atlanta in Atlanta, GA
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    Academy Theatre in Atlanta, GA
    ,
    2012
  • Professional
    ,
    n.u.f.a.n. ensemble in Chicago, IL
    ,
    2011

Awards

Selection
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Ranked Division I
,
Iowa High School Speech Association
,
2018