When we’re at an elder age,
when we’ve passed our prime,
we emit a certain sound
as we stand…every time.
That sound our parents always made
as they stood up from a chair,
or when rising from their bed.
It used to give me quite a scare.
But now it’s me and all my friends!
We can’t stand up from being prone
without a gruesome exhalation,
a fearsome all-consuming groan.
Oh well, it works...it helps us rise.
We must do what we must do.
They say we turn into our parents.
That adage is most certainly true!
Not too long ago, we vacationed with another couple. Between the four of us there was a cacophony of sounds, a symphony of groans as we finished a hike and climbed into the car or labored to dismount from our bikes after a ride, even as we simply got up from a chair or couch! Thus, the inspiration for this week's post.
You are invited to one of the five remaining performances of this production this weekend and next. With a total lack of bias, I must say the Producer/Director and the actresses do an amazing job and it is a wonderfully fun experience. Come with your friends, significant other, your sister, your mother, etc. But don't just take my word for it. Read excerpts from the first review by Jenn McNee.
Judi Schram’s What Am I Doing Here? ...starts with four mature, dressed-in-black women entering the stage holding full wine glasses, plus a bottle for refills during the show. And just like that, as each actress took a seat in an armchair, I felt cozy and comfortable in the company of ladies I already liked. Drawn from material published on Schram’s blog, “What Am I Doing Here?” is a reader’s theater show – with the actresses reading from scripts – that takes various aspects of aging as its subject.
...the show’s four actresses deliver the material with winning, sisterly charm, occasionally ad-libbing for laughs. These sparks of spontaneity provide the show with additional warmth, energy, and the scaffolding of female friendship. As these four women commiserate with each other, sharing war stories in the nurturing, teasing way that girlfriends do, they invite us in – and the invitation is hard to pass up.
Performances are tonight at 8:00, tomorrow at 2:00; and next weekend Friday and Saturday night at 8:00 and Sunday at 2:00. The Yellow Barn is located at 410 W. Huron in Ann Arbor. Advance tickets can be purchased at papaweezeinc.org or call 248.701-2643.
Last night was the Premier of the first professional performance of "What Am I Doing Here?" I must say (with complete objectivity) that it was fabulous! The actresses did a wonderful job of interpreting the material, adding extra elements of interaction and ad-libbing which was hilarious (sipping from wine glasses all the while). Please come join the fun: Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM this weekend and the next two weekends. Even for those of you who saw it already, it is a fresh take with a professional touch. Pictured on the left are the four professional actresses and on the right, three of the five original "actresses".
My first illustrated collection of poems is available for purchase.