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Subject:                          Senior Theatre newsletter: AACTFest, submissions, and all things technology!


ArtAge Publications Newsletter
April, 2019

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A performance of "Gadgetry" in Seniors Still Acting Up

Bonnie's Column:
Technology comes to Senior Theatre

Seniors love their electronic gadgets. They cruise the internet with abandon, share connections on Facebook, and Skype with grandchildren. But, I’ve been wondering how have older adults adapted technology to Senior Theatre? How are they taking advantage of it to build and market their Senior Theatre companies? How is it used in rehearsal and performance?

To answer these questions, we’ve created a Technology and Senior Theatre Survey so we can better understand how you're implementing it in your creative work. Your responses will guide us as we help you utilize it more efficiently.

This month, we feature plays that focus on Technology. You’ll find characters frustrated with tech support, ones who have sent e-blasts to the wrong people with terrible and fun consequences, along with others who have fallen under the telemarketer’s spell. Actors and audience members relate and laugh out loud!

If you’d like to read more about how older adults are including technology in their lives, turn to this excellent article, Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults.

Again, thanks for helping us with the survey!
Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
ArtAge Publication's President


Technology and Senior Theatre Survey

We want to hear about how you use technology in your Senior Theatre. What do you like? What do you dislike? What do you want to know about technology? Tell us in this survey. We look forward to reading your responses!


Plays About Technology

Check out these humorous and engaging plays about the adventures and misadventures of using technology! Perform them separately or together to create a longer production. E-scripts on sale until April 28!

10 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Liz and Marjorie spark a community scandal when they accidentally hit send on a provocative email, blasting it out to the entire Wine Wednesday chat group.

For…Press Or Say…
12 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Those automatic phone services! They don’t seem to understand what you say and they have too many choices. But David’s wife knows how to get past all of those annoying menus.

Betta Daze
60 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Michelle is a technologically challenged senior in a retirement community. Betta is her virtual computerized assistant. How can they learn how to work together?

Hi Tech
17 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman (who plays 7 different voices) plus an off stage voice
A man trying to get his television to work calls Tomorrow’s Electronics and receives the usual, but unusual, telephone merry-go-round from the female operators!

Tech Support
15 minute comedy
2 women or 2 men or 2 either
An older person calls tech support to get their new computer and printer working. On the other end of the line, somewhere in Calcutta, India, tech support is anything but helpful!

Home Shopping Hijinks
15 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Aunt Boo needs help with housework so she succumbs to a telemarketer’s charm and orders a robot. Instead of a mechanical robot, Aunt Boo gets a handsome hunk dressed in aluminum foil!

For more Plays on a Theme, visit our website.

Save $5 on e-scripts of the above shows until April 28th!


Send in Your Plays

Every two years we hold a reading season to pick plays for the next catalog. Now is the time for us to select new plays, books, and materials for our 2020-2021 catalog. Our goal is to meet the needs of older performers, from amateur to professional, so the catalog has something for everyone, from short and easy sketches to 3-act musicals.

What to submit: The Senior Theatre collection features plays and musicals of all lengths, but short shows which run up to 20 minutes are the most popular. Directors look for comedies with mainly female casts that require few technical elements and ones that can be staged as readers theatre. Successfully performed shows have senior casts with up-to-date, feisty characters in modern and relatable situations. Well-written roles should challenge performers, yet be fun to stage.

Before you send material, please review our catalog and read Writing Plays for Senior Theatre. Check out the Writers' Guidelines to learn more about our submission guidelines and where to send your hard copy materials. Deadline: July 15, 2019

Learn more by attending the Playwright's Information Session. This phone session will help you discover how to craft shows that directors and actors will use. Attend on Wednesday, May 8 at 2:30PM Pacific Time. It's easy and only costs $15. Call in at the scheduled time and join a stimulating discussion about plays for Senior Theatre. Don't worry if you can't be present; we can send a link of a recording after the session. Click here to sign up for the Information Session.

We look forward to reading your work!


Attend AACTFest
June 18-22

AACTFest 2019, America’s National Community Theatre Festival, is coming to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this June. This special conference brings together twelve winning productions that have received top honors in state and regional festivals. They will be performed in the lovely and historic Majestic Theater along with six youth theatre shows from across the country. There's a lot of learning available at the event. You can attend theatre management and youth theatre conferences plus educational workshops, vendor displays, design and monologue competitions. The schedule is rounded out with social events, networking opportunities, and the always-fun awards presentation.
The 2019 Workshops explore a variety of topics such as diversity in casting, how to involve seniors in theatre, and many other artistic, education, management, marketing, and technical theatre areas of interest.

Mark your calendar and attend this great celebration of American community theatre!
Click here for more information and to register.



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.

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503-246-3000 or 800-858-4998

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