Thoughts are with everyone in this New World we're learning to navigate, of course including all those in the arts. 

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

We celebrate the life and work of Paige Johnston Thomas who lost her battle with cancer gracefully on April 27.

Led by Mitzi Corrigan, with Paige's support, The Paige Johnston Thomas Giving Tree Foundation has been 
established to help arts students pursue their dreams. For more visit the foundation website here

Call Me By My Name and Acting Our Age continue in final phases but live events are paused due to Covid-19.

Both projects are stage and film documentaries developed with creative teams and people who tell their life stories.

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 

"This is how we can save the world - conversations, empathy, engagement."
Audience member Beth Monaghan

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 a remarkable opportunity to document
the pandemic in real time from inside one of the most vulnerable populations,
retirement communities. Four of the eight cast members appear below.

"I've learned that life can change in the blink of an eye. You are truly just guaranteed today,
maybe even just this moment." 
Cast member Cheri Furr

Full house at the original Acting Our Age, 2019

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