Women Question That Age-old Age Myth In HPU Theater
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The cast of “Aging is Not for Sissies” are (back) Blossom
Lam-Hoffman, Roshani Shay, Sylvia Hormann-Alper,
Joyce Maltby, (front) Jo Pruden and Pratibha Eastwood.
Photo from Karen Archibald.
The locally produced play, Aging Is Not for Sissies, brings its entertaining dialogue to the Windward side this weekend.
Challenging the myth that being “over 60” means a woman is over the hill with one foot in the grave, Aging unfolds on the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre stage at HPU’s Hawaii Loa campus at 2 p.m. Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. For reservations or more information, call 375-1282.
An array of funny and poignant monologues are presented in readers theatre style by the award-winning cast of Joyce Maltby, Jo Pruden, Sylvia Hormann-Alper, Blossom Lam-Hoffman, Roshani Shay and Honolulu psychologist Pratibha Eastwood, who created Aging Is Not for Sissies.
Eastwood said she wanted to give an entertaining presentation using real stories told by real women living in a culture that worships youth.
“It is based on interviews of women from a variety of different backgrounds, from 60 to 101. We took the interviews and worked them into stories or monologues.
“There are about 12 stories and six actresses (who relate) the typical things that people deal with. However it’s told with humor, compassion and a sense of freedom that frees up that stigma about what it means to be an older woman.”
(In a age-defying act of her own, Maltby is performing in Aging and also directing the ongoing HPU play The Cherry Orchard - both on the same stage during the same two days, at different times.)
The Aging Is Not for Sissies performances are sponsored by Beit Emanu-El.
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