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PRIME Productions and the Wisdom of Age

PRIME Productions, a new theatre company, wants to provide more paid work for talented, mature theatre artists, particularly women, who see opportunities after "a certain age" dwindle and often disappear.

Alison Edwards, Elena Giannetti and Shelli Place, combining 110-plus years of onstage and production experience, believe the performing arts are critical to shaping dialogue around issues of women's roles and an aging population.

Shelli says, "Sometimes I think, as I'm reading my AARP magazine, why am I trying to do this at this point in my life?" She says she is in it for the long run and "it will be nice to know that, as actors mature, there will be a place for them to play."

Men and artists of all ages are also invited to participate. Their first production is by a male playwright and features seven female characters ranging in age from 22 to 65.

The play, Little Wars, by Steven Carl McCasland, opens at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis on May 6 then runs Thursdays through Sundays until May 21.

It centers on an imagined gathering in the French home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas just before France falls to Germany in June 1940. Guests include Agatha Christie, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and a mysterious American woman in an evening of drinks, dinner and intrigue with intelligent verbal sparring and provocative wit.

The playwright will attend and participate in a post-show discussion on May 12th. Tickets and more information at: www.primeprods.org.

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