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ArtAge Publications Newsletter
September, 2018

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The One Nighters taught me about the power of older women

Bonnie's Column

One of the reasons I enjoy Senior Theatre is because I get to work with incredible older women. I had not spent much time with elders until I directed my first Senior Theatre, an all-woman company called The One Nighters. These actors were full of life and enthusiasm--it was a joy to be in their presence. Throughout my career, I have watched dynamic women overcome challenges and I have gained strength just from being around them!

Even now, I am pleased to say that many of the playwrights in our collection are women, a large majority of the directors are women, and most of the performers are women. To meet their needs, we feature many shows with a large percentage of female roles in challenging, yet fun theatre. These strong, up-to-date, feisty female characters prove the strength of the 'weaker sex!'

Senior Theatre is wonderful vehicle to feature older women, to give them a voice as they share their skills and talents on stage. I say, "Celebrate older women!"

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie Vorenberg, ArtAge President


We need to hear from older women. There's a wealth of wisdom and real resilience there. Hannah Gadsby



Arches, Balance and Light in performance

Mary Spletter's lovely show about the dynamic architecture of Julia Morgan will be presented in the Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, California on September 29 and 30. Julia Morgan faced criticism and rejection yet was able to design more than 700 buildings during her long and prolific career. Best known for Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, she became a celebrated world-class architect.

Mary Spletter writes: In the Broadway hit A Chorus Line, the young actress looks out over the audience and squawks, "What I couldn’t do was sing." My biography would add, “What I couldn’t do was act, dance, paint, play an instrument, or join an athletic team!" The list continues. From first grade on, my strength was writing. I could close my eyes and travel the world, explore my emotions, or find pen pals.

I grew up in Wisconsin, earned a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter in Milwaukee. Next I honed my writing through the wonderful University of California system. I loved theatre, so when I retired it was natural to try playwriting.

People tell me they are amazed at my successes, but they always add, "Especially at your age!" I smile and explain that it is my age that has provided a richness of experience and courage to try new things. Like many other seniors, I'm not afraid to fail.

What I learned from writing Arches, Balance and Light is that cemeteries are as much for the living as for the dead. You can:

  • Attend events: Tulip exhibits, jazz concerts, walking tours, lectures on historical figures.
  • Exercise you and your dog. Avoid gym fees while helping both you and your best friend.
  • Practice your musical instrument.
  • Lead a tour or become a docent. You’ll always be appreciated.
  • Learn about the community leaders, builders, and pioneers who shaped your part of the world.

One of my friends goes to the cemetery to read favorite books. How about, write a play? The cemetery helped me to appreciate Julia Morgan even more!

Mary at another fabulous Julia Morgan building.

Click here to read more about the play and Julia Morgan


Shows with strong women characters


Photo from a performance of Mother's Day

These shows all feature strong women. Staged together, you can create a production of any length. Click on the play title for more information, to read the FreeView, and to order your copy.

The Comeuppance of Flame LaQuench
3 men, 4 women (can be double cast; 1 man can play 3 roles)
10 minute comedy
After three husbands and in spite of the dire warnings of her cousin and the Swamp Lady, headstrong Flame seems to be headed for her own death or (worse) comeuppance!

Dream Camper
10 minute comedy
3 women
At the KOA campground, Crusty Wilma makes Rose and Dottie aware of their dreams and life becomes better for everyone. Funny, charming, and thought provoking.

Waiting for 7
2 women
10 minute comedy
Two ‘women of a certain age' are waiting on a bench for their ride. Mary innocently begins to question Ethel about her private life and finds Ethel’s marital history to be nothing short of astonishing.

The Hotel Lobbyist
12 minute comedy
2 women

How far will feisty senior, Goldalee Schneider, go to make her daughter listen to her? She’ll stage a sit-in strike at the local Holiday Inn! Handcuffed to a chair.

Bingo Ladies Gone Bad
15 minutes
7 women
There’s bingo. There’s prizes. And there’s fighting over at the Perfect Petunias Garden Club’s annual luncheon and bingo game. Hijinks and shenanigans as these ladies pull out all the stops.

Digging Up Hoffa
20 minute comedy-drama
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
Years later, Jimmy Hoffa is still missing. Meanwhile, Phyllis worries about her finances and a broken septic system. She decides that desperate times require bold action!

A Brief History of Mah Jongg
40 minute comedy
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 friendships.

Save $5 on e-scripts of the shows in this article and in the feature story. Act now, the sale ends on September 25!



There for You: The Musical
FreeRead Expires soon


Our new program, the FreeRead, brings you almost all of a featured show. This month take a look at There for You: The Musical. The show has strong characters, touching music, and a powerful plot in a great vehicle for older performers! The FreeRead ends September 25.

Click here for the music, testimonials, and the FreeRead

Need help choosing a play?


There are so many plays, books, and materials in our collection, that it's sometimes difficult to make choices. If this is your situation, we have several tools to help you. On the website, look at the:

Of course, we're here to help you. Feel free to call or email us.



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