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Subject:                          Senior Theatre News and Plays for March


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
March, 2018

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Live a meaningful life!

Bonnie's Column

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


The Senior Theatre 2018-2019 catalog
Our new 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 favorite writers
  • Park bench, wordless, and audience participation plays
  • 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 selections.


Elders Share the Arts

For decades, Elders Share the Arts has brought creative aging to the forefront. Now they are closing their doors, and passing their programs onto others. We salute their wonderful work. Click here to read more about the organization.

Then, take a look at their books in our collection:


New Plays in our collection!

Photo from "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 out:

Feeble Fables
Bob Naquin
Flexible length
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
Georgia Tuxbury
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.

At the Diner with Dad
Walter Thinnes
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 attention!

Arches, Balance and Light
Mary Spletter
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.

Spaghetti Western
Loriston Scott
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 Eddie
Stephen Sossaman
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 Progress.


Visit our ever-changing website!

Our website features Senior Theatre information and is always being updated. The site is complete with plays, books, "Who's Who in Senior Theatre," plus news, trends, and FreeViews of the plays. Discover how to tie short shows together with our many plays on a theme. There is something for everyone!

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The largest collection of plays, books, materials, and information for older performers.

Contact us at:

PO Box 19955, Portland OR 97280
503-246-3000 or 800-858-4998,

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