I'd trade it all to dance with you.
On his 90th birthday, a man tries to convince his wife of 64 years to dance with him in a crowded airport terminal.
Inspired by the Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting, January 6, 2017.
Dedicated to Olga Woltering, who dearly loved to dance.
*Though inspired by true events, the characters, situations, and memories represented in this play are fictionalized.
Characters: 1 female-identifying, 1 male-identifying
Her: 84, British-American. Charming accent.
Him: 90, American.
Time: January 6, 2017
Setting: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, domestic terminal.
This play is part of the All Too Short anthology and is also available through the Protest Plays Project.
"Devastating and beautiful."
"I had tears in my eyes before page three. I'm so impressed at the deft hand Jordan Elizabeth Henry uses in this sparse and haunting play. A necessary addition to anyone who's putting together an evening about gun violence, because in the levity and ease of the piece lies the truth of how much is at stake if we continue to let this violence occur unchecked."
"Brief but powerful."
"Writer Henry taps into the universality of loss in this brief but powerful play. Deftly structured with richly detailed characters and a haunting, lyrical cadence, this play reminds us that gun violence is seemingly indiscriminate, random, adding to the tension, the palpable fear and ache. Somehow in the face of that, Henry elevates the conversation to another plane, to a space where we aren't gnashing over the particulars of laws or regulations, but remembering. Beautiful."
"I like Henry's approach to gun control theatre with this short play -- no politics, no mention of guns, no death, no statistics -- just an endearing moment, a dance in an airport that becomes even more special at the end of the play -- a lovely way to remember a life lost to the American epidemic of gun violence -- and a reminder if we don't do anything to stop it then more people, some far too young and some old as Olga, will no longer enjoy life as one does while dancing."