The Caregivers

The Caregivers at Luna Stage Company, starting Noreen Farley, Claire McClanahan and Alzie Rejouie; directed by Cheryl Katz.


Frances hates seeing her mother, Marjorie, suffer from late-stage Alzheimer’s. She discovers that Anna, the 24/7 aide, is coaxing Marjorie’s mouth open and pouring in the food. Anna sees this as doing her job; Frances sees it as force-feeding, and starts showing up three times a day to do the feedings, herself.

Sure enough, Marjorie does not actively take food or water, and therefore has 14 days to live. Meanwhile, Anna, trapped in a room 24/7 with a dying woman she’s not allowed to help, learns that her own mother, who was watching Anna’s children in Trinidad, suddenly died. Should she stay or should she go?

The Caregivers is a moving and provocative look at two women—both mothers and daughters—caught in a prism of caregiving.

  • Winner of a 2018 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship.
  • 2018 semi-finalist in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Foundation.
  • Special Consideration for 2019 Relentless Award, American Playwriting Foundation.
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