Course Description

Seven enduring elders are the focus of Acting Our Age: A Century of America in Seven Voices, a unique theatre-and-film production that traces the lives of these seven Americans from childhood to the present. Ranging in age from 70 to 95, these lives intersect with nearly every major cultural and historical development in the United States over the past 100 years.

In their ten decades, the seven participants have experienced the Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, the rise of corporate America, and four wars. They also represent the growing senior community, the fastest-growing segment of the population. The US Census Bureau projects it will outnumber children in the U.S. by 2035. The seven in Acting Our Age who have seen America'sseismic changes are June Connerton (95), Betty Cowan (94), Dot Horne (95), George Moffat (85), Norman Pollock (85), Bob Payet (74), and Andie Payet (73).

Created by Lyndall Hare and Steve Umberger with the participants, and directed by Umberger, the film of Acting Our Age is a unique blend of live theatre and documentary film.

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