Ellen Wacher, Empire Stage, Fifty Plus, Ft. Lauderdale Theatre, Pigs Do Fly Productions, Theatre for Grown Ups
Pigs Do Fly Productions
at Empire Stage
There will be a new theatre company starting up next spring!
Pigs Do Fly Productions
will present their first production of short plays, featuring healthy, vibrant characters over fifty, played by actors over fifty
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carol Kassie
email@example.com / 561-445-9244
Contact: (Producer) Ellen Wacher
firstname.lastname@example.org / 305-431-6667
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, February 19, 2014
Ellen Wacher noticed a distinct and specific lack when she worked on a project for the SAG-AFTRA National Women’s committee recently. The multi-faceted actress, teacher, and Miami local SAG-AFTRA vice president was tasked with presenting a live screening of a report on Women over 50 within the organization. Her findings indicated not only a lack of roles for women of a ‘certain age’, she discovered there aren’t that many leads for their male counterparts either. The project clearly brought into focus for her the need to better recognize actors – and audiences- over 50, from theatre, to television, and film.
Wacher, who has had successful careers in a number of fields, including teaching and lobbying, decided to do something about the situation.
On May 1st, 2014, the first performance by her brand new theatre company, Pigs Do Fly Productions, will take place at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale. The company’s mission is to produce plays that highlight the actor over 50 as a viable, fully involved, full-of-life character. And its goal is to tap into the 100 million plus Americans who are over age 50 and are under recognized by the marketers of products, entertainment, etc., with theatre that reflects their world and resonates with them.
The company’s first production, Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life… As We Know It is a collection of seven or eight short plays by playwrights from across the United States. Wacher, along with director Marjorie O’Neill Butler, put out a call for 10 minute plays whose themes match the new company’s directive. They received over 350 scripts. “We immediately discarded any that dealt with nursing homes, death’s door situations, or other stereotypical or depressing subject matter,” says Wacher. “We looked for scripts that resonated with us; for situations that will strike a chord with our audiences; and of course, for humor. I had a terrific group of script readers,” she continues, and we rated the scripts very carefully. We’re still in the process of honing our choices, but we’re really pleased with the quality of what we received, and we can’t wait to see and hear our audiences’ reactions.”
Script choices will be finalized on March 3rd, and casting will be completed on March 17th.
Marjorie O’Neill-Butler and Beverly Blanchette will share directing duties. Wacher will not act in any of the plays – her focus is on getting the fledgling company up and running.
Tickets for Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life… As We Know it are $25 and will be on sale as of Monday, February 24th. Tickets can be purchased on line at www.pigsdoflyproductions.com, or by calling 866-811-4111.
For more information about Pigs Do Fly Productions, please visit pigsdoflyproductions.com. For more information about Ellen Wacher, please visit www.ellenwacher.com. To set up interviews, or for photos, please contact Carol Kassie at email@example.com / 561-445-9244.
Pigs Do Fly Productions presents
Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life… As We Know It
Dates: May 1 – May 11, 2014
Thursday, Friday, & Saturday: 8 pm
Sunday: 5 pm
All performances will take place at Empire Stage.
1140 North Flagler Drive.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Pigs Do Fly Production Team:
Producer/Artistic Director: Ellen Wacher
Director: Marjorie O’Neill-Butler
Director: Beverly Blanchette
Stage Manager: Jeffrey Ostrow
Set Designer: Preston Bircher
Marketing & Public Relations: Carol Kassie
What plays were finally selected and what are they about? The company webpage doesn’t include any details…
Carol Kassie said:
The seven 10-minute plays selected will be mounted in the following order:
Flight Fright by Marjorie O’Neill-Butler
Kiss Her Goodbye by Mike Vogel
Theater In the Red byJoan Broadman
Mrs. Jensen Isn’t Here Now by Steve Korbar
Spice by David Susman
Poison Control by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill
How Nice of You to Ask by Rich Rubin