From:                                         Senior Theatre Resource Center <> on behalf of Senior Theatre Resource Center <>

Sent:                                           Saturday, June 24, 2017 8:02 AM


Subject:                                     Senior Theatre News and Events for June


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
June, 2017

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Committee of Two was performed at the 2016 Senior Theatre Program

Bonnie's Column

We all love upbeat messages about aging so you're going to enjoy Carl Reiner's inspiring outlook. He's hit home runs both with his new book Too Busy to Die and with his HBO special, If you're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast. Both are receiving rave reviews. They are insights into people who are able to live long with vitality and a sense of humor. Take a look at the New York Times article, then resolve to live fully, also!

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


So many shows were performed
this spring!

You won't believe the number of shows that have been staged this spring. Take a look:

A Bag Full of Miracles was performed in Florida:

Every actor said, "This was so much fun I didn't want to see it end." The music was so emotional at times, and so comical at others. One of my biggest rewards was the overall comments heard throughout our community that this was “The best show ever!”--a great compliment since we have staged two shows a year for the past 20-plus years! --Dick, Director

Senior Moments was performed in California:
After the first 3 performances sold out, we decided to move the production to our main stage theater, with 40% more seats, and to hold it over for another week! --Theatre producer

Misconceptions was a hit in Oregon:
We had so much fun with this show! All the audiences loved it! --Julie, Director

The Perils of Carmen Geditt was so very funny in Arizona:
Perils was "hugely successful." --Susan, Director

Dead Cat: The Play brought the house down in California:
Dead Cat was a delightful farce with very funny ladies in an unlikely plot! --Georgia, Director

Directors, actors, and audiences also enjoyed:


Senior Theatre Program at the ATHE Conference in Las Vegas, August 3-6, 2017

Every year Senior Theatre practitioners gather at the ATHE conference to share ideas, learn techniques, and watch performances. In August, we'll again come together to teach and explore Senior Theatre. Here is a list of our sessions. We welcome you to join us!

Senior Theatre: Secrets to Success

The many forms of Senior Theatre means that whatever your passion, you can contribute to and find success in the field. 

  • DeLeon Grabowski, Senior Theatre Instructor, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA.  Director of the Siskiyou Senior Players in Mt Shasta, CA. “What I’ve Learned Directing the Siskiyou Senior Players.”
  • Carmen Appelgren and Marian Michaels, The Speeding Theatre Over 55, “What We’ve Learned Producing Outreach Shows for Senior Audiences.”
  • Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus, “What I’ve Learned Directing One Person Shows: Ben Franklin—Part 2.”
  • Brad Wages, “What I’ve Learned Directing Venice Theatre’s Silver Foxes.”

Maintaining a Senior Theatre Program

Keeping a Senior Theatre vibrant is a challenge. Learn how to keep yours alive and well!

Teaching Senior Theatre Classes 
Panel Discussion

Classes are a vital component of a successful Senior Theatre program. Learn topics, techniques, marketing, and goal setting for fun experiences. 

Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting
Learn about the Focus Group and how you can contribute to its goals, leadership, and future plans. Discover Senior Theatre news and trends.

Senior Theatre OnStage2

From 1935-1936, San Diego was the scene of the Panama Pacific Exposition. There were many unusual exhibits at the Expo, one was an enclosed grotto where nudists performed normal daily activities for the public to observe. It was one of the most lucrative and well attended of all exhibits. The play with music tells the story with some embellishments.

  • The Barely There Players, Leslie Johnson Leech, San Diego, 1935: A Balboa Park Expose

Senior Theatre OnStage

A Senior Theatre performing company shares their recent performances and discusses their process and results. 

How to Start a Senior Theatre Program
Panel Discussion

Senior Theatre is creative and stimulating for participants and directors alike, plus it is a viable career option. Learn how to start a Senior Theatre.

  • Louise Rauckhorst, The Speeding Theatre Over 55, “The Ups and Downs of Establishing an Independent, Nonprofit Senior Theatre.”
  • Ann McDonough, “Fundraising for Senior Theatre. Public and Private Grants, Events and Donors.”

For more information about the Senior Theatre Focus Group contact:

For information about the conference, registration, lodging, and other questions, click here.

Welcome! Join us for a dynamic program.


Profiles in Senior Theatre:
Judd Lear Silverman

Judd Lear Silverman is a Brooklyn-based playwright/director/teacher whose work has been seen across the US and Europe. Recent presentations include Closet Case in Spokane’s Best of Play-Makers Hit & Run Festival, Washington; The Last Holdout and Violating Uncle Piggy, both presented and published by ArtsBonita’s StageIt! Festival in Florida; Mother Liked You Best at the Santa Monica Theatre in California, Forever Yours at Brooklyn’s Gallery Players, and The Boss is Out at Onion Man Productions in Georgia. He has twice been a guest on Onstage/Offstage from Ithaca, NY, most recently with their podcast of his play, Never Wear a Dead Man’s Shoes.

Judd Lear Silverman's plays are on sale! Get $5 off the e-script price until July 7, 2017.

Truth in Advertising 
15 minute comedy, 1 man, 1 woman
A disastrous second honeymoon trip to Bermuda tests the limits of a marriage and whether all has been what it seems.

Never Wear a Dead Man's Shoes 
15 minute comedy, 1 man, 2 women
Sometimes it may be wise to listen to superstitions—when an Aunt offers you her late husband’s shoes, run!


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