Aunt Zelda’s Painting

by Emily McClain

In this contemporary one-act farce, Olive finds herself saddled with more than she bargained for when she is named executor of her Aunt Zelda’s estate. To deal with the clean-out of her aunt’s cluttered home, she enlists the help of her ne’er-do-well brother Max, who brings along his less-than-helpful girlfriend Diana, who hires a somewhat-shady pawn shop owner Anthony, who brings his spacey son Zeke. But Aunt Zelda’s house proves to be full of more than just doilies and faux antique furniture. When their cleanout uncovers a priceless piece of art, their true natures are revealed…. And somewhere, in all the clutter, lurks a very cranky, very hungry, and VERY scary cat. 

Cast Size: 3M 2W

Running Time: Under an Hour

Royalty Rate: $40 per performance

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About the Playwright

Emily McClain is a professional playwright, theatre educator, and a proud member of Working Title Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild. Her play SLAYING HOLOFERNES was co-winner of Essential Theatre’s New Play Festival and received a world premiere production in 2019. Her full length comedy JULIE’S PLACE was selected for the JOOKMS Spotlight Series in July 2020 and later went on to be a semi-finalist with the New American Voices with The Landing Theatre Company. Her tragedy TERMINUS ANDRONICUS was a finalist at the American Shakespeare Center Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries competition in 2019. Her Risk Theatre play CHILDREN OF COMBS AND WATCH CHAINS was named a finalist for the Risk Theatre International Competition in August 2020 and was produced by the Quarantine Players in February 2021. Her short plays have been staged at many professional theaters across the country with highlights including Snowdance Comedy Festival 2021 (TOOTH OR DARE- 3rd Place Overall), Theatre Oxford (SECRET FAMILY RECIPES- Festival Winner & Audience Choice), Raze The Space (THE UN-HELP DESK- Audience Choice), and Eden Prairie Players (ASHES TO ASHES- Audience Choice). More of her work may be found on New Play Exchange:


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