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ArtAge Publications Newsletter
February 2017

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Bonnie's Column

January is always special but this New Year has been extra 'interesting.' In these times, it's important to keep going and not to give up or succumb to negative thoughts or fear. Instead, it's a time for comedy and to enjoy life. As Senior Theatre folks, we keep people inspired and laughing. I am reminded of the bumper sticker, "Art Saves Lives." So, with this 'go get 'em' message in your head & heart, please have a wonderful year!

Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications

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It's often a task to find just the right show for your group to produce. To help you, we have several Play-Choosing Tools. See:

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Profiles in Senior Theatre:
Arthur Keyser

"I'm so awfully bored. I don't know what I'm going to do the rest of the day or every day for that matter."
No. That's not me. It was said by a friend, whom I was driving back to his apartment following a lunch at which eight of my peers and I, all in our eighties, meet weekly.
I'm never bored. I wake up each morning knowing I'm going to spend a good part of my day involved in playwriting, mostly for Senior Theatre. I was a corporate attorney for fifty years and at the age of eighty, discovered the joys of writing and rewriting plays. Fortunately, I met Bonnie Vorenberg, President of Art Age Senior Theatre Resource Center, shortly after I started on my second career. In the past seven years, twelve of my short plays have been published by Bonnie, and her company has compiled the twelve plays into a book titled Short Plays By the Dozen. Those plays are being produced by Senior Theatre companies throughout the country.
I've had four short plays produced in the prestigious Theatre Odyssey Ten Minute Play Festival in Sarasota, Florida, and one of those, High School Reunion, was awarded the prize for Best Play.
Were it not for the Senior Theatre experience and playwriting, I would probably be as bored as so many of my friends. The golden years are only golden if you spend your days engaged in an activity or activities, which feed your passions. I've been so very fortunate. 

Being able to nurture my creative side and to watch the fruits of my efforts make audiences laugh has been an experience, which far exceeds anything I ever expected.
I've had so many of my friends tell me, "I've always wanted to write..." or I've always wanted to perform..." Don't just say it. Do it. The effort will pay dividends and I promise you'll never be bored.  

Arthur helped to create a playwright's organization in his local community. Read his article in "The Dramatist" from the Dramatist Guild of America. Then, create a similar group in your city!



Try these plays

Here's a short list of some of our many recently produced plays. We think that you will enjoy these! Save $5 off the price of the following e-scripts until February 15, 2017.

Everybody is Sexy for Somebody
10 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women

Two senior couples are looking for sex in all the wrong places. The wives decide to start a new career as telephone sex kittens while the husbands pursue a new hobby. But their plans intersect in an unforeseen meeting. Quick, funny, easy show...tasteful!

10 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women

When an online encounter leads to a blind date, two widows plot an escape strategy just in case, only to have the romance turn the tables on them.

35 minute comedy
2 men, 5 women plus extras if available

Life at Willow Creek has never been the same since the rumor mill has concocted the story about June’s "pregnancy." The place has been all a-buzz! The story gets more outlandish as the overheard conversations are skewed from fact to fiction. It’s love, marriage, babies, adoption and…well, where will the story ever end? Eventually, the rumor is cleared up and the wedding celebration begins!

Choosing the Menu
5 minute comedy
2 women, 1 either

As we grow older, our diets change. What we used to eat and still want to eat is on the ‘no no’ list. When we are at home it’s easy, but eating out, well, there’s the challenge. Too much of this, too little of that…Suddenly we become nutritional experts. Humor emerges in this very funny story of two women—choosing the menu.

Chatterton Country Club
Three 15-minute comedies, 45 minutes total
2 men, 7 women

Chatterton Country Club, a 55+ retirement community, is the setting for these three 15-minute comedies. The intertwining stories explore the crazy cast of characters and themes that make senior communal living so…“Entertaining!”

Blame it on the Bossa Nova
10 minute comedy
1 man, 4 women

Everyone meets in the apartment complex’s laundry room. That’s where we learn about elephants, the Bossa Nova, Armageddon, grandchildren, and of course, laundry. This short show has plenty of colorful characters and a lot of charm!

Head First or Feet First?
10 minute mystery comedy
1 man, 3 women, 1 either

Did Malachi Throckmorton accidentally fall from the balcony of The Copa Coconut Hotel or did he commit suicide? Could someone have pushed him? It seems that almost all of the senior residents at the hotel hated Malachi. The famous detective Greta Firefly, arrives to investigate. This zany 1940s style mystery-farce is sure to keep audiences laughing hysterically!

The Appraisal
8 minute comedy
2 men, 2 women or 4 women

The popular TV program Antique Side Show has rolled into town and excitement is in the air. Hopes, dreams and wacky fantasies have replaced common sense. The show’s appraiser, accompanied by her giant ego, passes judgment on a strange assortment of items. Will there be raves and the promise of great wealth? Funny, quick, easy comedy!

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, who tries to take over the household! A funny, funny role for a man, and a hoot for the women too!

Navy Bean Soup
15 minute comedy
1 man, 1 woman, 1 offstage voice
In this hilarious comedy, inspired by a PBS show, we watch the broadcast of the sophisticated Madame DuJour Men’s Gourmet Cooking Show. The program is seriously sidetracked when she inadvertently gets Cooky Boatwright, a sloppy and overweight retired Navy cook, as her guest chef. There are many belly laughs when the audience learns what’s cooking in the Navy Bean Soup!

Blind Date
10 minute comedy
1 man, 2 women
Jen is meeting her online date in person at an upscale restaurant. When Gus arrives it looks like he might be a great match! Short, funny show with a surprise ending.

Contact us if you need help making selections!


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