March, 2023
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Bonnie's Column

The next time I win an Oscar®...

I was watching the Academy Awards®, thrilled to see Jamie Lee Curtis win Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In her acceptance speech, she proclaimed, "I am hundreds of people. WE just won an Oscar!" And it made me realize what I would say the next time I win an Oscar.
As the face of ArtAge, I know it may look like I am here by myself, but really we are "hundreds of people." With me, are all the staff (wonderful Carolyn, Zoe, Hazel, and others) who work daily to give prompt, personalized service. It's the tech team who keep us up and running, the printers who deliver our materials on time in clean, lovely books, the Post Office carrier who speeds purchases on their way to you! It's the 216 playwrights who have shows in the collection, which now includes over 500 pieces. It's the many directors who select our plays and the hundreds of actors who perform them, around the world.
Most recently, it feels like "hundreds of people" also helped to launch our redesigned website. We had consultants and developers in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California, and one technology whiz in Pakistan—each bringing a different skill to the project. Then there were the Senior Theatre volunteers who tested the site and helped us iron out the wrinkles. It would not have been possible without them.

Redesigning the website was a year-long process, so we can't wait to share it with you. We hope you’ll find it easier to discover plays, information, and the resources you need to bring your theatrical dreams to life. Like all websites, the work is never done, and I encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback with how it is working for you (or not). Click here to take a survey—and save $5!
My personal "hundreds of people" are my devoted husband, friends, and family who have supported and encouraged my career in this wonderful, stimulating field.
I encourage you to think of your Senior Theatre "hundreds of people" too--from your sponsor, to the directors, actors, audience members and the support staff who helps you bring the plays to the stage. Now is a great time to think of them and be grateful for all of the work they do. 
Together with ArtAge, we are "Thousands of people" all working to help older adults fulfill their theatrical dreams! So when you watch Jamie Lee Curtis’ acceptance speech, share the moment with her and all of the people who help us win our own Oscars, every day!
Yours in Theatre,

Bonnie L. Vorenberg
President, ArtAge Publications' Senior Theatre Resource Center has been remodeled!  

ArtAge is excited to announce that we have a redesigned website , 
We encourage you to check it out!


What we like about it: 

  • the ability to search based on run time, cast size, theme and more
  • the clean, bright colors and graphics
  • accessibility tools to make the font larger, smaller, darker and more
  • ability for you to pay with any credit card as well as PayPal
  • new names and clear definitions for product types

New Search

Now, you can search by cast-size, genre, theme, and more!

More Accessible

Increase text size, contrast and more with just a click of a button. 

Now, tell us what you think!

Use the site, let us know your thoughts on the survey. After you hit "Submit," you'll get a code worth $5 on your next order of $20 or more.
Take Our Survey

Our Plays are Being Performed!

From coast to coast, here are just a few of the plays that were performed recently: 
Theatregoers are still purring after seeing the Dead Cat:The Play in Florida. Bob Naquin's shows are always a hit!
This Readers Theatre group used Senior Readers Theatre Made Easy to get up and going, drawing in new participants with their engaging director. 
Over 400 attended At the Border in Texas! Over-the-hill hippies never had it so good.
A couple's case of "Rabbititis" had audiences laughing out loud, with one audience member exclaiming, "It's absolutely hilarious!" after a performance of Splitting Hares in North Carolina. 
  • Performances of Sunset Village in Florida were sold out! Everyone loved the show. 
  • Audiences in Arizona and North Carolina laughed and maybe got a few ideas about how to handle those pesky calls after watching performances of Telemarketer Torment!
  • The Stick-Up in South Dakota was a huge hit! 
  • In Montana, one Senior Theatre group put together a successful production with Noah, The Complaint Department, and Starting Over. 
  • A group in NC created a production featuring Arthur Keyser's work, including Blind Date, Starting Over, and Mother's Day to name a few. What a fun way to put a show together by featuring a playwright!
  • Love in 4/4 Time was performed as Readers Theatre to an audience of over 400 in Colorado. 

"Kudos to Gary Young, the author of Love in 4/4 Time.
His background as a pastor and a hospice chaplain are evident in how he handles the characters and topic of Alzheimer's Disease.
It takes a certain amount of courage to consider performing this play. It is both educational and entertaining; funny and poignant."
— J. Liggett

Join Who's Who in Senior Theatre

Who can join?

  • Performing companies
  • Solo performers
  • Teachers
  • Directors


Why join? 

Connect with others and reflect the excitement and energy in the field. Share ideas, inspire others, and draw media attention to your work. 

Read more about each of the current members and learn what makes their program unique. We encourage you to apply to be included in "Who's Who in Senior Theatre." Click here to learn more.

Have you seen these?
Our newest two plays are sure to be a hit!

Standing Ovation is a new musical revue / variety show written by Tom Northam, well-known for the musicals, A Bag Full of Miracles and Sometimes A Rainbow. In his new show, actors from the silver screen perform one last time. It can be customized to fit your cast's size and talents, all with easy-to-learn songs in the public domain. 
You Sir, Don't Deserve This Sandwich is a laugh out loud comedy about a dining experience that goes off the rails. A lively show that can be staged as a radio show, too. It's one of the funniest pieces we've read in a long time. We think you'll love staging this show!

March Sale


We value your input. 

As a small 'thank you' for filling out our short (6 question) survey, we are offering $5 off your next order of $20 or more. 


Use the site, let us know your thoughts on the survey.

After you hit "Submit," you'll get a code worth $5 on your next order.
The sale ends April 11, 2023!
Take Our Survey

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