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ArtAge Publications Newsletter
January, 2020

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Bonnie's Column: A fresh start

The pleasure of starting another year is that it gives us a chance to take a fresh look at who we are, what we are doing, and ways we want to move ahead. It's almost magical how we as a culture take a break over holiday season as if it's a long breath. Then, we emerge with new energy. We are fueled to examine and map our direction. So, take some time to:

  • Renew
  • Refresh
  • Recharge
  • Restart
  • Rework
  • Reactivate

Our goal is to help with your Senior Theatre needs so that older adults can find fulfillment in the theatre. Here's wishing you 2020 vision in the New Year!

Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


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Some of the most useful Senior Theatre materials

The New Year is a great time to start or expand your Senior Theatre work. We often hear, “How do you start a Senior Theatre?” So we pulled together our most popular resources to bring you the books and materials to help you create a successful experience. You’ll leap over barriers and soon be on the path to a great experience in Senior Theatre. Try these helpful resources:

Of course, contact us with any of your Senior Theatre questions.


Our shows are being performed 

The performance of Lawyer, Lawyer in Kentucky was a huge success, just like the popular Doctor, Doctor. The director said, "We loved “Lawyer, Lawyer!” It’s one of the best shows we ever performed. Over 160 people attended on New Year’s Eve and they all laughed and laughed!"


Projections and a simple set make the show a breeze to produce

House of Tomorrow, one of our popular flexible length shows, was a great success in Nevada. The director told us, "The eight performances of House of Tomorrow were super! Our cast worked very well together--a real ensemble--and audiences really enjoyed each performance, laughing at all the humorous parts and empathizing with the more poignant scenes. A volunteer asked audience members to rate the show as a 5 (Terrific), 4 (very good), 3 (OK), 2 (Fair), and 1 (Should have stayed home!). Over 80% of the audience members gave it a 5 or better! Among the most frequent comments were that the characters and situations were so relatable!"

Many more of our shows which were performed this fall, but these were special!



Take a look at these shows
E-script sale

A customer called recently and ordered the following scripts to consider for their company's season. They're so good at selecting fun, touching, and special shows, that we thought you might like this list also. Enjoy!

At the Diner with Dad
10 minute comedy
1man, 2 women

His daughter is taking Dad to his appointments and they’re at lunch. It’s a battle for him to be heard, get noticed, and connect but Dad finds a way to get her attention!

The Glove
10 minute play
1 man, 1 woman
Howard and Roz are rushing out to their grandchild’s third birthday party when a potential gift rattles them. How to handle the child’s recent trans diagnosis?  

Griddle Cakes
10 minute comedy
2 women
Two aging sisters debate the merits of answering the telephone, global warming, and attending the annual wildflower walk.

It's Not About Pot Roast
10 minute comedy
2 women
Norma and her closest friend, Molly, resolve problems that keep their worlds intact in a heartwarming comedy.

World's Oldest Hobby
10 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women

How about a new hobby that only requires a telephone and some imagination? Jan and Barbara are making some interesting choices.

Still Twenty-Nine
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman

Life is quiet, simple, and routine for stodgy retiree, Earl, until Aileen, his fun-loving wife, jostles the norm by joining a motorcycle club!

Blinking Lights in the Middle of the Night
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 either
Sally and Carl receive a late-night visit from an alien tourist making a pit stop while traveling among the stars. But why is he on Sally and Carl’s lawn?

Lucille Flirts with the Space-Time Continuum
2 men, 3 women
25 minute comedy

If only Lucille could live the more exciting life of her friend, Martha Anne. A sudden knock at the door reveals Madame Revere, who could make her dreams come true!

11 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman

Jay and Amanda are a couple waiting to happen–or are they? An under-five soccer game seems an odd place to find a companion but maybe the grandkids are the key.

The Refrigerator
1 man, 1 woman, 2 either
12 minute comedy
For humans or puppets, when Phil’s old rusty refrigerator breaks, his daughter Dorothy persuades him to look for a new one. His surprising decision is funny, endearing, and sweet!

Save $5 on E-scripts of the above shows until January 17

Looking for plays for For Valentine's Day? See shows based on relationships, sex, or other plays on a theme.

Click here to see the NEW plays in our collection!


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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503-246-3000 or 800-858-4998

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