This is Women’s History Month and what a
better way to celebrate it than with older women on stage!
This comes natural to me because I feel that one of the
purposes of Senior Theatre is to show that growing older can
be a great time of life…and since so many of our elders are women,
why not use the stage to promote them. Aging is a women’s issue!
You’ll find our collection is full of shows that feature feisty
women who illustrate what it means to grow older as a modern
senior. They have spirit, spunk, intelligence, and all with a bit
of wit. See the list below.
Yes, we love older men also. But this month do something special to
feature older women!
Best in theatre,
Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Publication's President
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catalog, we want to know the Senior Theatre plays, books, and
materials that you would like for us to feature. What do you need
that will help you be successful? What are you looking for?
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Use Senior Theatre to Educate
Have you tried using theatre to educate your colleagues,
performers, and audience members on social issues that seniors face
every day? It works great to perform a play, then add a talk back.
Funders love this kind of project! Here are shows on the
themes of health, living without a spouse, retirement housing,
intergenerational relationships, age discrimination, and speaking
up for what you believe in. Make a difference by
performing these plays!
Save $5 on
e-scripts of these shows, until March 29!
- Fool Me Once, or Henrietta's Absolutely
4 men, 5 women, 2 either, 20 minute comedy
Henrietta falls for various elder scams only to be
saved by the street-wise detective and scambuster, San Scam!
- The Glove
1 man, 1 woman, 10 minute issue-oriented play
Howard and Roz are rushing to their grandchild’s
third birthday party with a gift that brings up their fears
and acceptance of the child’s recent trans diagnosis.
- The Last Holdout
1 man, 1 woman, 10 minute comedy
Ivan rebels when Dorothy, an administrator, thinks she knows
what’s best for him.
3 men, 7 women, 20-25 minute comedy
After experiencing age discrimination
by ‘ElderSpeak,’ Joan comes up with a plan.
2 women, 15-20 minute comedy
Bettie explains the tangled maze of learning to live without
your spouse in this surprisingly funny short play.
- The Exam
1 man, 10 minute monologue
Ralph is visiting his doctor for a prostate checkup. But the
digital aspect of the exam has given him sleepless nights!
- Get Your Flu Shot!
1 man, 1 woman, 10 minute comedy
When it’s time to convince people to get the flu shot,
entertainment can carry the most convincing message.
- Keys to Her Kingdom
4 women, 1 offstage man's voice
Sylvia struggles with “When should I stop driving?” after a
fender-bender in this funny play.
- Mimi and Me
2 women, 15 minutes
A perky volunteer tries to cheer up an outspoken
older woman. What begins as a test of wills ends up as a
- Go, Momma, Go!
1 man, 3 women, 10 minute comedy
Two sisters argue about what to do with Momma as she
- Made for Each Other
1 man, 3 women, 2 either, 30 minute comedy
Pauline Stewart lives alone so her family hires helpers for
her. But she fires every one of them until Annie Simms shows
- Volunteering Has Its Moments
5 women or 4 women/1 man, 20 minute comedy
Set on The
Opal Show, a nationally televised tribute to
volunteers is moderated by the popular TV personality. Such
Save $5 on e-scripts of the above
shows, until March 29!
Photo courtesy of the "Temperance
Women's History Month:
Plays about Strong Women
March is Women's History Month! Celebrate the power
of strong women with these empowering plays. These shows can
stand alone or be performed together to create a longer
production. This spring, feature women!
Comeuppance of Flame LaQuench
10 minute comedy
3 men, 4 women (can be double cast; 1 man can play 3 roles)
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!
10 minute comedy
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.
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!
Balance and Light
60 minute drama
1 man, 3 women, 1 either plus 4 extras that can be double cast
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, including Hearst Castle.
History of Mah Jongg
40 minute comedy
Three feisty women return to their beloved Mah Jongg game from
years before. Award-winning comedy about the power of women’s friendships.
Ladies and their Gents
Five 12-15 minute royalty free plays
Casts from few to 12, both men and women
This book features plays about Molly Brown, Amelia Earhart, Annie
Oakley, The Harvey Girls, and Pauline Cushman, a Union Spy.
Visit our website for more Plays on a Theme!
Group of the Month:
The Siskiyou Senior Players
Joan Lucas moved from being a Radio City Music Hall
Rockette to Weed, California to care for her father. Once there,
she loved it and soon started teaching Senior Theatre at The
College of the Siskiyous. The group was off to a rousing start. She
continued until 2011 when student, DeLeon Grabowski, took
over the reins of the company and became the director.
With the support of the College and help from The Senior Theatre
Resource Center, the Siskiyou Senior Players is now in its 13th
year and has had over 300 students attend classes and appear in
productions. Every spring the group performs a full-length variety
show of comedy and drama for two weekends. They then trim the show
and tour 20-30 minute cuttings to civic organizations, community
events, retirement communities, and nursing homes.
Senior Players are dedicated to performance, companionship,
education, and fun!
Click here to read more about the company