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last week, almost by accident, I found myself in Irish Arts Center of New York, were Pat Kinevane was performing in his one-man play "Forgotten". the play has elements of Kabuki, a traditional Japanese theatrical art form, and tells a story of four elderly people, who at one point in their lifes were connected - the maid, her lover, the daughter of the estate owner... they all are between 80 and 100 now, and live in nursing homes (if you want to read a short review, look here).

the underlying question of the play is simple - why are we celebrating the beginning of life, while the end of life is usually seen as something to avoid talking about? why there are so many elderly people who are alone and lonely? I found these lines of the play particularly powerful:

Gustus: To look at me now...Y'ed never think I was once

Flor: Twas...

Gustus: To look at me now...

Eucharia: Y'ed never think I was once...

Flor: Seventeen...

Dora: Twenty-one

Flor: See 'ou in three!

Gustus: Twenty-two.

Eucharia: Sixteen...

Gustus: Golden...

Dora: With my whole life...

Flor: Spread out in front of me...

Eucharia: Like... like...

Gustus: A beauteous meal...

Dora: But now.

Flor: Now!

Eucharia: Most of the time...

Gustus: These days...

Dora: I feel...

Eucharia: I'm feeling...

Gustus: Forgotten... And I'm not even...

All: Gone.

A baby cries. The door slams shut.

Darkness.

The End.



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