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Bump In the Road Theatre hosts " Elderfest"

On Sunday, October 12, Bump In the Road Theatre hosts a lively theatrical innovation with a festival of events celebrating elders. ElderFest will kick off the company?s second season focusing on aging and caregiving with two play readings, audience talkbacks and a fundraising dinner with live music provided by the Barry Glick Jazz Groove.
On Sunday, October 12, Bump In the Road Theatre hosts a lively theatrical innovation with a festival of events celebrating elders. ElderFest will kick off the company?s second season focusing on aging and caregiving with two play readings, audience talkbacks and a fundraising dinner with live music provided by the Barry Glick Jazz Groove. ElderFest will be held in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Concordia University, NE 28th and Highland in Portland. The festival begins at 2:00pm with a reading of Hannah Free, a play by Claudia Allen that explores some of the challenges an elderly lesbian couple face as they confront old age and mortality. Hannah Free will spark reflection and discussion about the issues of care for the elderly, definition of family, and letting go. Following Hannah Free at 5:00pm, Dinner & Jazz will be offered with live music provided by the Barry Glick Jazz Groove and catering by Kitchen Goddess. The proceeds from Dinner & Jazz will support Bump?s second season. A reading of a new play developed through BUMP?s community-based process follows dinner, beginning at 6:30pm. (Old Age Ain?t) No Place For Sissies, a play about Aging and Caregiving, taking it?s title from the quip attributed to Bette Davis, explores the challenges and joys of aging and caring for the elderly. The montage play of scenes and impressions were created by playwrights Sharon Whitney, Teresa Celsi, John Donnelly, Patrick Wohlmut and Leslie Grasa, inspired by workshop interviews with the elderly and their caregivers coordinated through BUMP?s community partners: Providence Center on Aging, Loaves and Fishes, The Rose Center, Parish Nurse Ministries, The Urban League, Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) and Volunteers of America Marie Smith Center. Artistic Director Carmela Lanza-Weil directs; Ellen West serves as dramaturg. Moderated talkback sessions will take place after both readings in keeping with BUMP?s commitment to community conversation and public deliberation about the challenging issues the plays examine. Tickets for the entire day (or any part of it) are $25.00; tickets for individual readings only are $5.00. For reservations and information, call 503-750-1439. Bump in The Road Theatre is a non-profit Portland company established to stimulate community discussion on difficult issues through theater. This season, we want to talk about aging and caregiving. Hannah Free is made possible by support from The Equity Foundation and the Kregg Arntson and Theodore Fettig Fund of Equity Foundation. (Old Age Ain't) No Place for Sissies made possible, in part, by support from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. # # # WHAT: ELDERFEST, a celebration of aging and caregiving presented by Bump In the Road Theatre. WHEN: October 12, 2003 2:00pm - A reading of the play HANNAH FREE followed by audience talkback 5:00pm ? Dinner & Jazz, a fundraiser for BUMP?s second season 6:30pm ? A reading of (Old Age Ain?t) No Place for Sissies WHERE: The Fine Arts Building on the campus of Concordia University NE 28th and Highland, Portland. HOW: Reservations: 503-750-1439. TICKETS: $25.00 for the day; $5.00 for individual readings

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phone: phone: 503-750-1439
address: address: 2143 SE 54th Ave., Portland, OR. 97215