Enriching the lives of elders: as artists, audiences, and lifelong learners
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Pippin: Fall 2019.
Why Theatre 55?
“I believe the Arts bring quality and meaning to life. Just because we age doesn’t mean we should give up, get stuck and not grow. There is wisdom and beauty in age that is rich. At any age we can learn and grow…and yes even get our bodies and minds to work better, find new pathways, and greater ease and fluidity. Theater55 aspires to the belief that being older is only the beginning not the end. As we age we can create, inspire and grow with authenticity and grace.”
“Theatre 55 is a chance to learn, stretch and continue to grow as an artist through the entirety of the theatrical experience.”
“Theatre 55 is an opportunity to be on stage with a cast where I’m not the oldest (actor) by 20 years!”
“After a long hiatus from theatre, I saw this company as an opportunity to engage and perform in ways/shows that would otherwise be limited due to my age. Even though I don't feel that old...I guess I am.”
“I sought out Theatre 55, even though it is far from my home because all of us are older and it does not matter the age of the performer. We will all get a chance at a role, age not being a factor. But I also fully believe in the long term vision of the company to take theatre to our age group and engage them all to be a part of it. We have more experience and are raring to share it with the world.”
“Our cast reminds me so much of those marvelous hippies (of my youth). It is not just about sex. It is intimacy, and it works as well for us really old people as for anyone. Not only that, but I’m learning to sing! And dance!”
“Theatre 55 having a blast with a fabulous group of older kids who love performing. This is a great venue for our peers to be able to experience theater with people who share so many similarities and it proves that we truly are only as old as we feel.”
“Theatre 55 means that there will be more shows geared for seniors & bigger opportunities for us to seek roles! Acting keeps us especially active mentally, physically & socially.”
“My work with Theatre 55 is as much about PROCESS as it is about PRODUCT. How much fun is it at the proud age of 69 years to be “playing” with my peers? Sandy’s physical warm ups and choreography are organic and respectful of our bodies current limitations.”
“I have watched the change in people from the beginning of their rehearsal process to a few weeks in, and everyone is so much more energetic and playful. It has been very enjoyable to be a part of.”
"Theatre 55 is a much-needed organization."
“The opportunity to perform in shows that we have long written off as inappropriate for our ages is such a gift - and then to top that off, Richard's vision of performing the show as our own age, not just trying to emulate a 20-something was quite refreshing.”
"Theater 55 emerged at a perfect moment for me; a company dedicated to producing theater by, for, and with elder performers, with a healthy dose of educational mission thrown in for richness and strength."
“Inside the art of theatre we are all vital partners. As artists our mission is to let the community see us the way Theatre 55 has allowed us to see ourselves. Vibrant. Powerful. Sensual. Sexual. Strong. Vulnerable. Supported. Alive.”
“I know so many actors with extended life experience who have more to give if there is a chance to do the work, and I am thankful to Theatre 55 and the clever minds behind the curtain.”