2007-05-02 / Seniors

Woodside Playwright Readings Celebrate Older Americans Month

Elyse Nass, an award-winning, produced and published playwright and Woodside resident, will have her one-act comedy-drama "Second Chance" presented as morning and afternoon readings on Tuesday, May 15 for Older Americans Month. Presented by Queens Theatre in the Park, the morning reading will be at 11 a.m. at Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House Center for Adult Services, 10-25 41st Ave., Long Island City, 718-784-7447. The afternoon reading is at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Senior Center, 10-15 49th Ave., Long Island City, 718- 729-2688. Admission is free.

"Second Chance" is a two-character play about a 68-year-old widow who decides to take up acting as a hobby and her neighbor's efforts to dissuade her. The play debunks the myths of aging and shows the elderly as strong, positive individuals with a zest for living and with the courage to take a second chance.

The readings will be followed with a discussion about issues raised in the play regarding perceptions of seniors. The program is one hour long.

The play is published by Samuel French, Inc., as part of Nass' trilogy, Three One-Act Plays About the Elderly.

Support and resources for these two programs is provided by City Councilmember Eric Gioia's Local Initiative.

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