Pigs Do Fly Productions Presents NO FEAR OF FLYING! at Andrews Living Arts
Pigs Do Fly Productions will present No Fear of Flying! - seven brand new humorous short plays - to kick off its second season. The production will run from May 7th through May 24th at Andrews Living Arts in Ft. Lauderdale.
Chosen to highlight 'vibrant, healthy people over the age of 50 doing interesting things with their lives', the plays were selected with all audiences in mind - their first two productions proved to Pigs Do Fly Production beyond a shadow of a doubt that humor is an ageless commodity! Six of the seven plays are world premieres, including pieces by well-known local playwrights Michael McKeever and Michael Leeds. Other playwrights include John Kane, Marj O'Neill-Butler, Marv Seigel, Jeffrey Strausser, and Charles West.
Michael McKeever's and Michael Leeds' plays were commissioned by Pigs Do Fly Productions; the remaining five were chosen from almost 300 submissions - all read by a committee of six. The top 12 pieces were presented at two consecutive 'cold readings' at Books & Books in Coral Gables in August, and audience members were asked to vote for their favorites. Those top five vote-getters along with the two commissioned plays comprise No Fear of Flying!
"I am so excited about this production," says Pigs Do Fly Productions Executive Producer Ellen Wacher. "We have seven very diverse plays. All different topics. We've got seven terrific actors, and two talented directors. And we've proved that there's a market for, and an interest in what we're doing. Yes...definitely...no fear of flying!"
Wacher and Pigs Do Fly Productions were recently awarded a prestigious Silver Palm Award for 'for developing works for actors over the age of 50.
Beverly Blanchette, Todd Caster, Harry Marsh, Michael H. Small, Elissa Solomon, Carol Sussman, and Donna Warfield have been cast in the production. Elena Maria Garcia will direct three of the plays, and Marj O'Neill-Butler will direct four.
"The funnier and more loving aspects of life after fifty is an area of play production that has been neglected in the past," says O'Neill-Butler, Pigs Do Fly Productions' artistic director.
The seven 10-minute plays are (see below for playwright bios):
The European Plan by Charles West
Long Story by John Kane
There's Still Time by Jeffrey Strausser
The Lie by Michael Leeds
Mitzi Has A Meltdown by Michael McKeever
They Called It Teasing by Marj O'Neill-Butler
Signals by Marv Siegel
Tickets for Fifty Plus - No Fear of Flying! are $25 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased on line atwww.pigsdoflyproductions.com, or by calling 866-811-4111. All performances will take place at Andrews Living Arts, 23 NW 5th Street, Ft. Lauderdale, 33301.