Acting Our Age


Acting Our Age
About the series 2018-2023:

In 2018-2019, seven people ages 73-95 volunteered to meet over 15 months to create a theatre event and a film from the stories of their lives and the history they helped to make in the Great Depression, the civil rights era, and four wars. It started the Acting Our Age project, which has since had three more editions in this series with people whose life stories show how history was made. Acting Our Age has also inspired the creation of a new series, Telling the Times. Read more and follow the links below for more about both series.

Acting Our Age Series 
One Century, Seven Voices (2019)
Voices of the Pandemic (2021)
Using Our Voices (2022)

Created by Lyndall Hare and Steve Umberger with the casts 
Director Steve Umberger   
Director of Photography Jay Thomas / Music & Sound Design Fred Story
Stage productions sponsored by Aldersgate  
Productions and event films produced by The Works

Watch trailer and scroll for more information.

Each AOA edition is 60-120 minutes long.
Below is an 11 minute compilation.

Acting Our Age was developed by The Works to celebrate the stories of individual lives in history. (Sponsored by Aldersgate, a non-profit life plan community)

Acting Our Age gallery 2018-2022
Click the gallery to expand and tap for captions
Photos: Jay Thomas
(Scroll below gallery for press links)

"The collaboration between theatre director and gerontologist turns decades of memories into a collective whole." 
Observer (feature) 

"This is an example of how we can save the world - conversations, empathy, engagement."  
Audience member Beth Monaghan

Press & program links

Southpark Magazine 2022 The Silent Generation Speaks

The Biscuit 2022 Silents Speak Out

Read the Using Our Voices program online.

Acting Our Age casts
June Connerton, Betty Cowan, Dot Horne, George Moffat, Andie Payet, Bob Payet, Norman Pollock, Steve Baldon, Sondra Cooney, Tom Dunton, Cheri Furr, Lynn Lau, Melvin Dwight McIntosh, Jan Valder Offerman, Joal Fischer, Kathy Habel, Deborah Langsam, Dick Metzler, Lou Mitchell, Molly Mitchell, Brenda Schleunes

Acting Our Age stage productions: Blumenthal Performing Arts and Spirit Square Arts Center

Read more about the new series Telling the Times.

Email for more information.
Acting Our Age productions and films produced by The Playworks Group