Family Hardware by Gary Corbin at Fertile Ground
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Finalist, 2019 New Comedy Festival, B Street Theatre, Sacramento, CA

Willy is a man of a certain age, who has largely lost interest in sex. His younger wife Katherine’s appetite is as voracious as ever. When Willy’s doctor, Kyle Warren, informs him that his heart is no longer healthy enough for sex, Katherine convinces him to let her try “outside options.” As they try to defuse their marital crisis with increasingly challenging alternatives, Willy relies on his lifelong friend Monica to run his family hardware business and keep him sane. When Brett, the sex maniac Monica fired, shows up as Katherine’s new “outsourcing” alternative to celibacy, the solution becomes worse than the problem. But that’s just the beginning of Willy’s troubles, as Katherine takes her new-found liberties to the extreme.

“Family Hardware” examines the struggles facing aging sexually active baby boomers whose bodies can’t keep up with their desires to remain sexually active and healthy, and puts the “fun” back into sexual dysfunction.

Script length: 90 minutes

Cast size: 3M, 2W


“Family Hardware” was performed as part of the 2016 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, with three performances, all at Hipbone Studio (1847 E. Burnside, Portland).

  • Sunday, January 24, 6 PM
  • Friday, January 29, 7 PM
  • Sunday, January 31, 6 PM

Directed by Dorinda Toner. Cast:

  • Willy– Jonathan Wexler
  • Katherine – Laurie Campbell-Leslie
  • Kyle – Mark Putnam
  • Brett – Nick Serrone
  • Monica – Maria Aust Randall (Jan 24 & 29), Jo Strom Lane (Jan 31)

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