A few years ago, I learned about Still Dreaming,
a film featuring a group of retirement community seniors who were
Midsummer Night's Dream. I thought, "How
wonderful!" Then, I began collaborating with the filmmakers as
we promoted it
to attendees at arts and aging events.
Now, we're thrilled to announce that Still Dreaming will be airing on
many PBS stations around the country. Click here for the schedule. If
you miss the broadcast, it's easy to see the film by clicking here.
is a positive statement about the value that the arts have for
older adults. Take a moment and enjoy the fulfillment that comes
from Senior Theatre!
Yours in theatre,
Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President
The Hollow is a play based on
Readers Theatre works so well that many Senior
Theatre companies perform their shows using this format. It’s easy,
requires no memorization, and allows for a shorter rehearsal
period. Theatrically speaking, actors can develop and portray
characterization, emotion, conflict, and everything that’s needed
to create a moving performance. In addition, there are several
different ways to perform Readers Theatre, all of which are very
We added a Readers Theatre section to the website
to highlight books, plays, and materials so you can learn more
about the technique. Click here to see read more.
Our shows are being produced!
At the Border in performance
It's always great to see all of the ArtAge shows that are popping
up on stages around the world. Here are just a few of them:
At the Border was
performed in Arizona
25 minute comedy with men, 3 women, and 3 either
The Pettiburg Town Hall spans the Canadian-US border and has
two mayors in an ongoing feud. International relations
are rarely this hilarious.
It's Hell Gettin' Old was
performed in Missouri along with Let's Party, Special Screening Today,
and Who Shot Fred?
7-8 minute comedy with 3 men
Three old codgers sit in the park and soak up the sun
while they reminiscence about the past and their youth.
Hilarious sketch, very popular in variety shows.
Hot Pursuit (New!) was
performed in New Jersey
30 minute comedy with 1 man, 4 women, 2 female voices--can be
Friends each try to outdo each other in appealing to a
now-available man. The action is frantic and funny!
Up and Down (New!) was
performed in Texas along with Griddle Cakes (New!), Cross Words, The Stick-up, Anniversary (New!), and Lost and
10 minute comedy with 1 man, 1 woman
What happens when two people get trapped in an elevator? Find out
in this delightful comedy about anxiety, anger, and connecting. Fun
and very easy to stage!
It's sometimes hard to know which play to choose, so feel free to contact us for help making
Mother's Day and Springtime Plays
are $5 off the regular price until May 7.
Mother's Day. Photo
courtesy of Don Walker
Try these out:
10 minute comedy with 5 women
Molly Sullivan is 72 years old. It’s always a struggle to get
her daughter to show up for visits. So Molly and her
compatriots concoct a madcap scheme to solve the problem.
12 minute comedy with 2 women
How far will feisty senior, Goldalee Schneider, go to make her
daughter listen to her? To the lobby of the local Holiday Inn,
handcuffed to a chair!
at L'Ambrosa Luncheria
15 minute comedy with 8 women
Two very proper ladies lose all pretense of ladylike behavior as
they have trouble paying for their meal at an expensive restaurant,
finally finding a funny solution!
A Brief History of Mah Jongg
40 minute comedy with 5-6 women
Three feisty women return to their beloved Mah Jongg game from
years before. Award-winning comedy about the power of women's
Made for Each Other
30 minute comedy with 1 man, 3 women, 2 either
Pauline Stewart lives alone. To insure her mother’s safety,
her daughter and son-in-law have hired companions for her. She
fires every one of them until Annie Simms shows up!
10 minute comedy with 2 women
Mary finds Ethel’s marital history to be nothing short of
astonishing, including a surprising trend about her many husbands.
Also see The Pie Ladies, The Pie Ladies in Deep Water,
and The Pie Ladies Make Bail.
the New plays for 2018.
Group of the Month:
We love and appreciate The Speeding Theatre, a
non-profit that helps older adults entertain, delight, and educate
those who live in the Las Vegas Valley. The mission of the company
- Produce multi-generational plays, musicals,
- Tour shows to retirement communities,
nursing homes, libraries, and other locales
- Offer classes and workshops to educate and
train creative artists interested in theatre
Click here to learn more about the