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ArtAge Publications Newsletter
June 2020

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Understand more, fear less

Bonnie's Column

OK, so there's a pandemic, then add a recession, and mix in some civil unrest. What a state we are in! With one challenge after another, Senior Theatre artists might feel like throwing in the towel. I mean, with all the strong forces in play, how can our voices be heard? Surely, they'll be drowned out in the fray.

This is how I was feeling when a catalog landed on my desk, urging readers like me to "fear less, imagine more." Marie Curie's words touched me. I was transfixed. So, now whenever I begin to fear about the future of Senior Theatre and how ArtAge can better serve in these un-parallelled times, I turn back to those words.

Now is a time to imagine. It's a frequently used skill for us as theatre artists, plus we are survivors. When we can't meet in person, we go online. When we need to learn new skills, we step up to the plate. When we feel fear, we imagine possibilities.

So, take a serious look at your Senior Theatre and discover how it can adapt, to pivot, so you will be able to move onward through the storm!

Best in theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications


Teach Senior Theatre Classes online

Susie Boyd and DeLeon Grabowski in the recent "Tech Support"
streaming production which reached 798 viewers

Since we can't meet with our Senior Theatre groups in person, now is a great time to take the learning online. It's fun, stimulating, and not as difficult as it sounds!

Join us to learn how to create a theatre experience using online tools. Maintain your group’s energy as you explore plays and maybe even rehearse for a streaming production. See it as a stimulating experience so your seniors' hearts, minds, and bodies will continue to be engaged in the work we all love.

This session will be led by Bonnie L. Vorenberg who will combine her many years of teaching theatre to older actors with her recent online educational experiences. She will help you get familiar with the basics so you can get up and running quickly. Learn how to:

  • Set up an online class
  • Adapt your activities to online settings
  • Lead improv and creative drama using teacher tools
  • Choose and work with scripts
  • Navigate the policies that govern online theatre

We will also discuss class format, lesson plans, plays that work well for streamed classes, and hear from Senior Theatre directors who have moved their classes online.

When: Tuesday, June 23 at 1PM Pacific (2PM Mountain, 3PM Cental, 4PM Eastern)
Where: On Zoom. After you register, we will send the link to you. We look forward to working with you!
Cost: $20

Click here to learn more and to register


Streaming soon: Love in 4/4 Time


Love in 4/4 Time by Gary Young is a humorous, poignant story of lifelong love in the time of dementia. It will be streamed online on Friday, June 26, at 1, 4, and 7 PM Pacific Time.
In Love in 4/4 Time, the four characters draw on their sense of humor and personal strength to wrestle with their futures. Both sensitive and thoughtful, the show helps audience members better understand and navigate Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and mental health issues. The director, Jack Liggett, says, "I was looking for a play with current relevance and fell in love with this show. I knew it would touch audience members as much as it touched me.”

Here is the link:


New Releases


Take a look at these new shows. You'll want to click on the title to see a longer description, testimonials, and to read a FreeView. You’re really going to like these gems!
Save $5 on e-scripts until June 23, 2020
A Life Enriching Community
Philip Middleton Williams
10 minute play
2 men, 1 woman
Adam and Paul, partners in love and life, are now in their sixties and have moved into a retirement community in Florida. Audiences fall in love with these two’s wit, relationship, and humanity.
Love’s Language
Linda LaRocque
10 minute play
1 man, 1 woman
After reading a best-selling book on relationships, Jackie learns her 'love language' is to give gifts. Before handing her present to George, her soon-to-be fiancé, she should have proofread the message.
The Thingamajig
Jo Hamlet
10 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Two sales clerks at a thrift store are puzzled by a box of donated goods, unaware of their use, including the one they call the "Thingamajig."
Not Kate or Leo
Barbara Trainin Blank
10 minute drama
1 man, 1 woman
Isidor and Ida Straus had everything -- a happy marriage, a loving family, great wealth, and prestige. Even though they lost their lives on the deck of The Titanic, their love survived.
Shelli Pentimall Bookler
10 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman
Feisty Lucille is applying for a job at Jugs Restaurant, ready to compete with younger women. But Lucille isn’t your typical applicant.
Dangerous Games
Pamela Loyd
15 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women, 5 either
A game-night party with good friends becomes more interesting when a new game is proposed, leading one to ask: among friends, what is more dangerous—the truth or a lie? 
A Wicked Little Wager
Pamela Loyd
2 men, 2 women
45 minute mystery
This year's annual Coconut Cream Pie celebration comes with mischievous gamesmanship, laughs, suspense, and murder. Be glad you don't have friends like these!
Save $5 on e-scripts until June 23, 2020
Click here to see all of the NEW plays!



Meet Jan Downing


Jan came to Senior Theatre following an eclectic showbiz career. She had been an actress/singer Off-Broadway and TV, talent agent, ‘real people’ scout for TV commercials, youth theatre director, founder of the Remarkable Girls theatre program, and audition/performance coach.
Then, she pitched an idea to a local senior center, asking, “Are you interested in a musical theatre class?” Two short months later, she and a troupe of energetic seniors were performing at nearby retirement communities from their base at the San Carlos Senior Center in California. Then she directed another group at the San Bruno Senior Center for two years. Jan learned how to direct both newbies and stage veterans in performance-based classes.

Now, Jan is working one-on-one with seniors online, coaching acting and singing. Contact Jan for vocal tips or to work on monologues, develop cold reading skills, and more.

Click here to read more about how Jan can help you



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