Life gets busy with tons of details in my world of
home and family, plus a career in arts, aging, and
publishing--not easy! Who has time to consider, "Is my life
meaningful?" Sometimes the whirlwind's pace and velocity can
capture you until something happens that forces you to stop
and listen. That's what happened yesterday. I had been chatting
with a long time customer about her latest shows, the musical she
hopes to stage, and got an update on her health. At the end of the
conversation, she said, "You know, I love you." The
whirlwind paused. I was touched.
Yes, we do theatre and we do it with older adults but our work
transcends the whirlwind. It's so much more than just putting on a
play. We make a difference in people's lives. We affect actors,
audiences, and the community at large. It gives meaning far beyond
what we imagine.
In my search for a meaningful life, that special moment reminded me
of my purpose. So take a moment to pause and reflect on how
Senior Theatre adds to your life!
Yours in theatre,
Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President
Senior Theatre 2018-2019 catalog
catalog is out!
Nine months in the making, our new catalog has hit
the streets, and copies have arrived in mail boxes. So many readers
have told us, "I love your new catalog!" They like the
color-coded, easy navigation, and the new look, adding
"It makes the collection come alive!"
Now with over 400 plays, books, and materials, we specialize
in up-to-date plays that feature sprightly and feisty older
characters in modern situations. There's something to
meet everyone's needs, from short sketches to full length musicals.
Explore the new teaching tools, plays to educate, and the books
that have been added to the catalog.
A special thank you goes out to all of the readers who helped
us evaluate every show that was submitted. This dedicated team
of Senior Theatre directors were ever so helpful in finding great
pieces for you to use and enjoy.
Check out the new:
- Flexible length plays
- Over 50 new plays, books, and materials
- Plays under 10 minutes now at lower prices
- Featured playwrights so you can follow your
- Park bench, wordless, and audience
- Plays in Spanish and French
It's one-stop shopping for Senior Theatre resources.
There's a lot in the catalog so feel free to contact us if you need help making
New Plays in our collection!
"Mike 'Hard As' Nails"
All e-scripts are $5 off the regular
price until April 11.
We're happy to introduce some of the many new scripts. Try these
This is a series of four folk tales retold with a modern
twist. Cast the 18 roles with 5 women or 2 men and 16 women.
Mike ‘Hard As’ Nails
Three 15-minute plays
A series of three short, humorous plays to perform singly or
together! They all star a private eye and his cronies, done like
the hard-boiled private investigator dramas of the 1950s with all
the characters we’ve come to know and love.
the Diner with Dad
10 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
His daughter is taking Dad to doctor appointments and they’re at
lunch. It’s a battle to be heard, but Dad finds a way to get her
Arches, Balance and Light
1 man, 3 women, 1 either plus 4 extras that can be double cast
60 minute drama
This lovely play brings Julia Morgan to life. She was a
ground-breaking architect who designed more than 700 buildings
during her long and prolific career. Best known for Hearst Castle
in San Simeon, California, all she wanted was to be a world-class architect.
In this play, Mary and other characters explore her life and
whether she followed the right path.
3 men, 4 women
30 minute comedy
This hilarious western-themed slapstick comedy fest asks you
to choose sides, “Are you a Plainer or a Meatballer?”
Alice and Charlie Forget About Sally and
1 man, 2 women
30 minute comedy
A couple in their seventies urgently culls through old photographs
and letters, contesting each other’s memory of a special romance.
See all of
our New plays for 2018.
Group of the Month: Drama in Progress
For over seven years, Jessica C. Ward has worked
with seniors through her company, Drama in Progress. They provide
drama classes to retirement communities and arts centers such as
the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center in Parker, Colorado.
Jessica often finds herself creating curriculum, fine tuning
programs to fit each individual community. The newest addition to
the Drama in Progress family is The Top of the Hill Troupe, a group
of mostly seniors who tour to retirement communities, senior
centers, preschools, and private events. Click here to learn more about Drama in