“Bud’s Café Redux”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Avrum Krause, Director

773-248-5249 or akrause@rcn.com

Time of Your Life Players presents “Bud’s Café Redux,” a new, original one act musical comedy. Bud and his scheming girlfriend Clarice were happily hosting the regulars at Bud’s Café when out of the blue a telephone call from Bud’s lawyer threw their lives into turmoil!

Due to the highly dramatic content of this presentation, no one 60 years of age and over will be admitted without the written consent of their cardiologist.

Time of Your Life Players will perform “Bud’s Café Redux” beginning Wednesday, October 22nd and running Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays, October 26th, November 2nd and 9th at 2:00 p.m. through November 22nd. There will be special Friday night shows at 7:30p.m. November 14th and 21st.

Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657.

TICKETS: $16.00. GROUP RATES (6 or more): $11 per person. Tickets are available at www.stage773.com, or by calling the box office (773) 327-5252, or by coming to the box office in person. The theatre is accessible to those with disabilities.

In 2004 a group of seniors aged 55 and over formed the Time of Your Life Players. Our group of writers, directors, actors, singers and musicians is dedicated to educate and entertain from a senior perspective, and to demonstrate one can lead a creative life at any age. The cast will be available for a post-show discussion at the end of each performance. The topic of the post-show discussions will be of interest to people of all ages.

To learn more about Time of Your Life Players, visit our website, www.timeofyourlifeplayers.com, or contact Avrum Krause at 773-248-5249, or at akrause@rcn.com.

This  program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

“Bud’s Café Redux” Cast Members

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Avrum Krause, Director
Lauren Krause, Lyricist
Robert Benson Music Director
Gloria Mwez Choreographer
Mary Gault, guitar
Bill Lange, guitar
Wendy Parman
Louie Bartolomeo
Nancy Pranckus
Ken Stefancich, drums
Larry Hazard, guitar
Tery Veras, bass guitar
Ron Tolisano
Cardi Fleck
Dave O’donnell
Carol Melnick
Susan Stalker

Auditions for “Bud’s Café Redux”

TIME OF YOUR LIFE PLAYERS

www.timeofyourlifeplayers.com

773- 248-5249

“Bud’s Café Redux”

An Original Musical Comedy

 

Seeking actors/singers and musicians

No pay.

Auditions will be held from 10:30am. to 1:30pm.

July 16, 2014 for ages 55+

July 23, 2014 for all ages.

at

Stage 773

1225 W. Belmont

Chicago IL 60657

Please call for further information and appointment.

773- 248-5249 or email akrause@rcn.com

Rehearsals will be (Monday as needed), Wednesday and Friday – 10:00 am to 1 pm. Performances Oct. 22 – Nov. 22, 2014

At the Hip Hop

On a yellow poster decorated with classic cars, an older man jumps acrobatically.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Avrum Krause, Director
773-248-5249 or akrause@rcn.com

Time of Your Life Players present “At the Hip Hop” a new, original one act musical comedy. “The high school musical to end all high school musicals!” Featuring thirteen original songs and dance including hip hop, doo wop, motown, rhythm and blues, and rock.

We are thrilled to be presenting our tenth original musical at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL, 60657, in their Cabaret Theatre.

Time of Your Life Players will perform “At the Hip Hop” beginning Wednesday, October 23rd and running Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. through November 23rd at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. The last three Friday performances, November 8, 15, and 22 will be in the evening at 7:30 p.m.

TICKETS: $16.00. GROUP RATES (6 or more): $11 per person. Tickets are available at Stage773.com, or by calling the box office (773) 327-5252, or by coming to the box office in person. The theatre is accessible to those with disabilities.

In 2004 a group of seniors aged 55 and over formed the Time of Your Life Players. Our group of writers, directors, actors, singers and musicians is dedicated to educate and entertain from a senior perspective, and to demonstrate one can lead a creative life at any age. The cast will be available for a post-show discussion to be led by a gerontologist with the focus on ageism.

To learn more about the Time of Your Life Players, visit our website, www.timeofyourlifeplayers.com, or contact Avrum Krause at 773-248-5249, or at akrause@rcn.com.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation and The Pauls Foundation.

 

Tribune Voices on Rock ’n’ Roll AD

TRIBUNE VOICES

Alzheimer’s musical touches chord for troupe, audiences

As a subject for a musical comedy, Alzheimer’s disease can be a tough sell.

Even Avrum Krause, director of the Time of Your Life Players, who came up with the idea of writing a musical comedy about a rock guitarist who develops early onset Alzheimer’s, had doubts.

“I thought, ‘I have to be absolutely crazy,’ ” he said.

When Krause contacted Melanie Chavin, vice president of program services for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Illinois Chapter, about the show, “I looked at him like he was nuts,” she said.

She has come around. The Alzheimer’s Association chapter was so impressed with the show’s run this past fall that it encouraged the company to mount another run, which opened Feb. 27, and leads audience discussions after each performance.

But “Rock ’n’ Roll AD” has struggled to attract audiences. Several senior citizens’ groups that usually attend the troupe’s shows have not bought tickets to this one. It isn’t just the idea of a show about an illness. Audiences did not balk at Time of Your Life Players’ musical about a man who undergoes surgery for prostate cancer. It is this illness. Humorous treatment of Alzheimer’s? “Absolutely. The more upbeat, the better,” said Bob Hawley, 70. He was among a group attending last week’s show at the Chicago Cultural Center that had no problem with the concept. They were members of Without Warning, Rush University Medical Center’s support group for people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s and their families.

Their approach to having Alzheimer’s is to do their best to enjoy life anyway. “I could always gnash my teeth and burrow under the bed, but I’m not going to do it,” Hawley said.

For them, the show was a hit.

The song “Tuesdays at Two,” about an Alzheimer’s support group? True to their own experiences in a group. “Clinical Trial,” an ode sung by two women dressed as pills wearing T-shirts reading, “25 mg”? Seriously funny.

They singled out the song “Diagnostic Test” as especially realistic. People in white coats pepper Roy, the protagonist, with so many neurological test questions — Who’s the president? Where’s your residence? / … Name this state! What’s the date? / Stack a block! Draw a clock! — that the sentences run together in a frustrating, impossible-to-answer whirl.

“That’s what it feels like,” Hawley said. “You’re being bombarded.”

Alzheimer’s would seem a natural topic for the Time of Your Life Players. A troupe of actors age 55 and older — if you can make it up to the fourth-floor rehearsal space, they joke, you’re halfway into the troupe — they focus on issues of interest to older people.

In some cases, literally. “I had gone through prostate cancer myself,” said Krause, who turned the experience into a show with a liberal dose of humor, including a song about a male nurse inserting the patient’s catheter. As for Alzheimer’s, all the cast members have had a family member who suffered from it. Electric guitarist Jim Casler’s father, aunt and grandmother died of it. That didn’t mean they wanted to be in a musical about it. “I was really skeptical,” said Michael Lieber, who plays several roles and the accordion. “A show about Alzheimer’s? I was afraid it would be a downer.”

“I was embarrassed. I didn’t want to invite anybody,” said Annie Kontak, who plays Roy’s agent. “Alzheimer’s — it’s an old person’s thing. We don’t think we’re old.”

Larry Hazard, who plays Roy, was worried about the humor. “You don’t want people to think you’re laughing at them,” he said.

He stopped worrying when he read the lyrics by Lauren Krause, a speech pathologist and Avrum Krause’s wife. They were excellent, he said, and entirely good-hearted.

Kontak saw that people attending the show were moved by it. When she finally invited some friends and neighbors, several of them cried.

She stopped being embarrassed. “I just got off it,” she said briskly.

“It’s a really good entertainment, and people will learn something and see it isn’t so scary,” Avrum Krause said.

“We demonstrate in our play how someone has dealt with this and continues on with his life. It’s a very upbeat show.”

And one that ended last week with the Alzheimer’s support group members taking to the stage to tell how they have continued with their lives.

“You exercise; you do activities; you do all the things you’re supposed to do; you do memory things,” Hawley said.

“And you forgive yourself for having what you have.”

The show was over, but the applause returned.

“Rock ’n’ Roll AD” runs through March 29 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. For information, call 773-327-5252 or visit stage773.com  . blbrotman@tribune.com

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Roy, center front, played by Larry Hazard, is questioned by doctors, including Michael Lieber, rear, in the Time of Your Life Players’ “Rock ’n’ Roll AD.” Hazard was initially concerned about offending audiences; good-hearted lyrics won him over.

Barbara Brotman

“Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” Re-opens for Five-Week Run

Time of Your Life Players has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter, to re-open “Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” on February 27 for a five-week run through March 29.

This original one-act musical chronicles the experiences of Roy, a rock guitarist who wants to get his band together for one last tour but then learns he has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Roy’s unbreakable spirit, sense of humor and irreverent attitude allow him to continue the tour and learn how to live with the disease.

In addition to the performance, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss dementia with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association following the show.

Featuring 12 original songs, the show will premiere at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. The show’s run will continue at 2 p.m. every Wednesday, with the exception of March 6, as well as every Friday and Saturday through Friday, March 29. Tickets are $16 for individuals. The group rate is $11.

“‘Rock N Roll AD’ is both enjoyable and informative,” said Melanie Chavin, Vice President of Program Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter. “The Time of Your Life Players do an excellent job of depicting how early onset Alzheimer’s affects both the person with the diagnosis and their friends and loved ones. Post-show discussions will be led by Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers, giving the audience the chance to ask any questions they may have about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and related disorders, the diagnostic process, treatments, and resources.”

A theater troupe comprised of seniors 55 and older, the Time of Your Life Players is dedicated to educating and entertaining from a senior perspective as well as demonstrating that one can lead a creative life at any age. “Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” is the ninth original musical presented by the Time of Your Life Players. It is directed by Avrum Krause with music by Michael Evans and lyrics by Lauren Krause. Musicians, singers, and actors 55 and older interested in joining Time of Your Life Players are asked to call 773.248.5249 or email akrause@rcn.com.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and “Henrietta Lange Burk Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.”