For Dave Wright, playwright and director of Paramount Acting Company’s newest original play, The Last Boomer on Earth, the show is a step down memory lane.
“It’s very autobiographical,” Wright said. “I drew from my own experiences, which I hope are representative of my generation.”
The Last Boomer on Earth is set in the year 2073. Franklin Delano Logan Jr. is a retired playwright and widower who misses his wife dearly and appears to be in his 60s despite being 123 years old.
Logan Jr. receives a visit from Alex Steinberg, a researcher for a secret group called The Agency. Steinberg informs Logan Jr. that he is the last surviving member of the baby boomer generation, and over the course of two meetings they discuss his generation’s experiences and criticisms.
Wright, who serves as executive director of the Paramount Theater and artistic director of the Paramount Acting Company, came up with the show’s concept in early 2020 while scrolling Facebook. He said he noticed a trend of comments saying “OK Boomer” to mock the baby boomer generation, prompting Wright to reflect on his own generation and their perceptions and stereotypes.
“Most generations look back on the previous one with some trepidation or some kind of criticism,” Wright said. “Some of us were actually spoiled … but there were plenty of other people who weren’t.”
Wayne Leonard, who plays Logan Jr., said he felt connected to his character and enjoyed reliving the past while portraying life in the future.
“I’m about the same age as this guy, so he has a lot of the same memories as I did growing up,” Leonard said. “It’s a lot of fun to cling to the cultural icons I grew up with and remember those things.”
Ashley Phipps, who plays Alex Steinberg, wrote in an email to Elon News Network that she loves how many references to classic American television shows and films her character makes throughout the show.
She said she remembers watching classic movies and TV shows like Gone With the Wind and I Love Lucy as a child with her baby boomer parents.
“I’m about 112 internally so I got all the retro references,” Phipps wrote. “My excitement on stage is just channeling my inner toddler.”
Wright said he hopes audiences will feel a sense of hope and relief that humanity is capable of making it by 2073.
“The generations go on,” Wright said. “Despite our differences, there are things like family that keep us together and sustain us.”
The show runs June 23-26 and tickets are available for purchase on-lineIn the box office or by calling 1-800-514-3849.