A unique and acclaimed brainchild of director
and presenter Barbara Silverman. Ms. Silverman taps the memories of ordinary people, and
skillfully guides the artistic expression of their reminiscences,
magically weaving a performance splashed with vintage music. The joyful,
humorous and candid stories never fail to bond group members.
Ms. Silverman has scripted and directed four
Life-Story Theatre stage productions that have garnered media recognition. She also presents
keynote addresses featuring the highlights and benefits of this method,
and conducts workshops for professionals in her time-proven techniques.
This multi-ethnic troupe of elders
spans three decades. They share life stories in workshops, then edit the best into scripts, choosing
movement and songs to highlight each scene. The players' diverse
backgrounds bring life and color to the stage, while their shared
experiences testify to the importance of laughter and self-empowerment.
Directing the troupe since its
inception is Barbara Silverman, a Chicago-based performing artist in music, dance and
theatre arts for more than twenty years.
"Home Free" - a stage production
with a widely mixed cast sharing recollections of home and homelessness
"Healthy and Wise" - the longest
running stage and touring show covering humorous accounts and struggles about health
"Song and Story Sharing" - a lively
overview of life in the first half of this century
PAST PERFORMANCE VENUES
Beacon Street Theatre & Theatre Building •
Illinois State Caseworkers' Conference • Guardianship & Advocacy Commission •
Weiss Hospital • Illinois Masonic Hospital • Northwestern Hospital •
Grant Hospital • Harbor Village • The Hallmark • Kenmore Plaza
• Chicago Department on Aging Centers • And Many More
• Senior Centers and Residences
• Hospital Wellness Programs
• Community Centers and Park Districts
• Professional Groups
The White Crane Wellness Center is
an independent senior-led, not-for-profit organization pioneering new approaches to health and aging.
White Crane Wellness Center
1355 W. Foster
Chicago, IL 60640