Posted April 21, 2012 8:41 pm EDT
Indianapolis - The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis will present Forever Sung, A celebration of age in song, opening May 18 and continuing through May 26. A co-production of the University of Indianapolis Center for Aging & Community and the Phoenix Theatre, Forever Sung is a live musical concert that celebrates every age of our lives.
According to Phoenix Producing Director Bryan Fonseca, "Sharon (Baggett) from University of Indianapolis called after she saw Pure Prine on the Phoenix stage and was interested in developing a show to tell the story of aging as a celebration of life, using the Pure Prine model." Fonseca has developed an event with a specific charge: to examine, through music, the complexities of life after a certain age. "We expanded the scope of the project to add perspectives about the aging process with the main emphasis on life after 60," says Fonseca. "This allowed us to add younger folks, without losing site of the goal: as we age, we remain viable, productive members of society, living lives filled with complexity, new challenges and perspectives and insight which only come with age."
"Ever since I saw the wonderful and incredibly creative Phoenix production, Pure Prine, which used only songs to tell a story, I have imagined a similar musical approach to engage people in thinking about aging. The Center for Aging & Community's 10th-year anniversary seemed the perfect occasion to do this. I approached Bryan and was thrilled that he was immediately receptive to and excited by the idea of working together on this creation. He seemed to understand exactly the range of views of aging I wanted to explore. What an opportunity to work with Bryan and the Phoenix crew to bring the show together!" - Sharon A. Baggett, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis - Center for Aging & Community
Forever Sung will feature music by Bob Dylan, Seals and Crofts, Nina Simone, The Grateful Dead, Michael Peter Smith, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Cat Stevens, Paul Simon, Toby Keith, Sting, Bill Withers, Christine Lavin, Taylor Swift, Graham Nash, John Mayer, Louden Wainwright, Joni Mitchell and more.
For show times and more about the production, visit the Phoenix Theater at www.phoenixtheatre.org.
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