Thoughts are with everyone in this New World we're learning to navigate, of course including all those in
the arts, as we rethink ways in the Covid era to live in cooperation with the natural environment. 

- In support of all working to enact inclusive change after the death of George Floyd and the many who came 
before him, and looking ahead to a time of listening that helps examine, understand, recognize, reinvent and 
reimagine creative systems and priorities so that everyone has access to the opportunities they deserve -

We'll look for a reschedule of Bygone Billy, Shea Sizemore's film with R. Keith Harris, and Tonya Bludsworth, 
Maria Howell, Rebecca Koon, Brian LaFontaine (and yours truly); scheduled to premiere at RiverRun.

We celebrate the life and work of Paige Johnston Thomas who lost her fight with cancer gracefully in April.

The Paige Johnston Thomas Giving Tree Foundation has been established to help arts students pursue
their dreams. Some of the 18 Board members are pictured below. For more, visit the foundation website.

Call Me By My Name and Acting Our Age continue in final phases but live events are paused due to Covid.

Both projects are stage and film documentaries developed with creative teams over a three year period.

Call Me By My Name 2020   
 A film by Steve Umberger and Jay Thomas
Produced by The Playworks Group with First United Methodist Church

Development screenings-in-progress:
January 23 - Beatties Ford library, screening and discussion (past)
January 26 - University City library, screening and discussion (past)  
February 1 - ImaginOn Wells Fargo Theatre, screening and discussion (past)
May 23 - 2PM, ImaginOn Wells Fargo Theatre, screening and discussion (postponed)

Acting Our Age 2020
A film of the live 2019 production
Film produced by The Playworks Group
Acting Our Age originally produced with Aldersgate

January 27-28 - Carolina Theater (Durham), Chelsea Theatre (Chapel Hill)
Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and The Forest at Duke 

Still Acting Our Age 2020
Created by Lyndall Hare, Steve Umberger & cast
Produced with Aldersgate

A new AOA project with a new cast began in February 2020. Due to Covid, the project
 moved online and became an opportunity to document the pandemic in real time from
inside one of the most vulnerable populations. Four of eight cast members are pictured. 

As of May 2020 production activity is postponed. Reschedule dates will be posted here.

Full house at the original Acting Our Age, 2019

More information on the Playworks Group website

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