By Tomas Garcia and Tom Ferriter
Home Care is the story of Dean, a now-retired 62-year old Professor of Mathematics, recently diagnosed with Parkinsonís disease. Having lived in a faithful marriage of abstinence for the past 15 years, Dean decides, with his wife, Georginaís reluctant acceptance, to hire a home care worker who will attend to ALL his needs Ė medical, physical, and intimately personal. After interviewing qualified candidates, Dean settles on Candy, 23, a former cheerleader, sensitive and empathetic -- and willing -- to fulfill all duties assigned to her. On learning that her motherís role as her fatherís caretaker has been superseded by Candy, Gloria, their daughter, plots to reignite intimate relations between her mother and father. Dean has other ideas; Georgina has her own ideas, and Candy is caught with unexpected feelings of her own.
Home Care is a two-act comedy about three women who love and care for the same man. A man who, having been a self-sacrificing and responsible provider to his wife, daughter and grandchildren, decides before time runs out that selfishly attending to his own needs will help him find contentment during the transitional, final months of his productive life.
CAST OF CHARACTERS
Dean Andrews, male, 62, Professor of Mathematics, retired.
Georgina Andrews, female, 55, a former musician, married to Dean.
Gloria Andrews, female, 35, homemaker and mother of two, their daughter.
Candy Hart, female, 23, a home care nurse assistant.
Brenda Linda Torunda, female, 52, a home care nurse.
* * * * *
Tomas Garcia was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, the second of four children, to a rancher and a home maker. Tomas received a Catholic education and attended medical school at Guadalajara, where he graduated in 1982. Eventually, Tomas became a specialist in Diagnostic Radiology and practiced for a time in Mexico. After emigrating to the Unites States, Tomas attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, and later Louisiana State University, where he graduated in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine.
As playwright, Tomas is the author of The Screen (Greenhouse project finalist in 2016), The Ambassador, The Grain of Mustard Seed, By the Way, Jacks and Jills, Cenotaph, Amado Nervo, and Home Care.
Tomas and his family reside in south Texas, near Laredo, where he practices medicine in a rural community (population 20,000), which he much enjoys, along with cooking, walking and playwriting.
(Co-Author) has co-written Ten Million Black Republicans (with Steve Gold), a dark comedy about the Congressional nominating process, Thunder & Lightning (with Taylor Hallman), a morality tale set in the Negro Baseball Leagues, A Howling Wilderness, a military court-martial drama (with John Chodes), and co-authored the book of a new musical, BELL (with Michael Treni), inspired by the life of Alexander Graham Bell. Tom is co-author of Benefit Performance, Paul Enger’s drama with songs about a pop singer struggling with alcoholism, featuring the music of Michael Valenti; and recently completed (with Walter Zuk) The Winners, a play about drug dependency. Tom has co-authored It’s Only Money (with Llywelyn Jones), a family comedy dealing with inheritance and acceptance, and, with Allen Davis III, Florinda’s Time, a WW-II era coming-of-age comedy with music and dancing. Also with Steve Gold, Tom co-authored Our Kind Of People, a modern Civil Rights drama about voter registration in Memphis. As a screenwriter, Tom has written Songs Without Words, Love Object (with Jamie MacGuire), Florida (with Narroll Parker), Low Tide (with Bernard Mendillo), and By The River Dong Nai, The Pier Ballroom, Where The Money Is, and Mother-in-Law (all with Taylor Hallman).
* * * *