Aging is full of challenges, many of which can be made lighter by laughter. That’s the approach taken by local actor and award-winning playwright Janet Schlapkohl, who understands the power of humor in dealing with the many life changes that come with growing older.
In her laugh-out-loud monologue entitled "Invisibility, elderly cats, and swimming raccoons: An irreverent look at aging and its surprises," Schlapkohl weaves her own experiences as the daughter of aging parents and spouse of a large-animal veterinarian into a funny, edgy, yet loving look at the so-called golden years, tarnish and all.
Doors open at 4:00 PM and the program will begin at 4:30 with introductions and a lively musical prelude by the Mektoub trio. Following Janet's monologue, a brief reception with light refreshments will take place from approximately 5:30-6:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your friends!
Janet Schlapkohl earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Iowa and is the founder of Combined Efforts Theatre and director of Country Camp, LLC. She is the recipient of the UI’s Isabelle Turner Human Rights Award, the Richard Maibaum Award, the Finkbine Award for Human Rights, and was selected as a 2014 Visionary Playwright by Theater Masters. Janet’s plays have been produced in New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Colorado, and across Iowa. She has also worked as a director, a dramaturge, a scenic artist, and a costume designer, and is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Theatre Arts. This performance is an extended version of a presentation Janet delivered at TRAIL’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration on May 15, 2019.
Mektoub is an eclectic trio formed by John Rapson, recently retired head of Jazz Studies at the UI, with fellow "Hot Tamale Louie" veterans Daniel Gaglione and Ryan Smith. Their music weaves together the strains of many world cultures, from North Africa and the Middle East to contemporary American jazz.
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