Fifty Plus

A Celebration of Life … As We Know It!

Pigs Do Fly Productions’ mission is to produce plays that highlight the actor over 50 as a viable, fully involved, full of life character.  Our 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.

Fifty Plus

- Seven humorous short plays chosen to appeal to audiences of all ages, highlighting actors and characters over fifty as viable, fully involved, full of life individuals.

Click on the Dates Below for Performance Info!

August 14 - 24

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm

Ticket Prices

$30

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Location

Showtime Performing Arts Theatre

503 SE Mizner Blvd Ste 73

Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone: (561) 394-2626

Directions to the theatre

September 11 - 21

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
at 8 pm
Sunday at 5 pm

Ticket Prices

$25

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Location

Empire Stage

1140 North Flagler Drive.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Directions to the theatre

Audition Notice

Pigs Do Fly Productions
NON-EQUITY, PAID
Pigs Do Fly Productions is accepting head shots and resumes from non-union actors over the age of 50 for consideration for a September production of short plays at Empire Stage in Ft. Lauderdale
Directed by: Beverly Blanchette & Marj O’Neill-Butler
Producer: Ellen Wacher
Rehearsals begin August 25th.
Run – September 11th through September 21st.
Performances: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8/Sunday at 5
Directors will invite to auditions those actors they feel fit the roles available.
Please send resumes and head shots to pigsdoflyfl@yahoo.com

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About Us

ELLEN WACHER (Producer/Artistic Director) has been a proud and active member of SAG-AFTRA for many years; she is currently Vice President of the SAG-AFTRA Miami local.  Her activity on the SAG-AFTRA National Women’s Committee and her recent project – a live screening of a report on Women over 50 in SAG-AFTRA clearly brought into focus for her the need to better recognize actors (and audiences) over 50 – from theater to television and film. Ellen has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Michigan and prior to becoming a full time actor (RUMORS, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, JOSEPH ANDREWS, THE FALSE WITNESS) she had successful careers in other fields. She is a former teacher, having worked at all levels, teaching a variety of subjects to a diverse student population. Most recently she was a College Instructor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Ellen was also was a government lobbyist working with the State Legislature specializing in transportation issues.  For more information about Ellen Wacher, visit www.ellenwacher.com.

MARJ O’NEILL-BUTLER (Director) is a member of SAG-AFTRA and EQUITY, has credits in theatre, film and television. She co-produced and directed over 300 productions as Managing Director/Producer of the Green Mountain Guild (Killington Playhouse) in Vermont. Recent directing credits include LOVE STORIES,City Theatre’s SUMMER SHORTS, WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?GREATOR TUNACENTRAL PARK WEST, and WORDS OF MASS DECEPTION.  She is a produced playwright of eight Theatre for Children plays, multiple short plays and a full-length play TRUE BLUE. She was selected for the playwriting program Downstage Miami for three years and the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive for two years. A resident of Miami Beach for 25 years, Marj, is the mother of two sons and holds an MA from New York University.  Visit her online at marjorieoneill-butler.com.

BEVERLY BLANCHETTE (Director) has directed over 100 plays/musicals most of which were produced at the Dreyfoos School of Arts where she was Dean of Theatre for twenty years.  Professionally, she directed[TITLE OF SHOW] and NUNSENSE at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre (Adult Series) as well as a staged reading of Susan Westfall’s play, TWO WEEKENDS at the Deering Estate and DIRTY BLONDE at the Plaza Theatre. Also an actor, Blanchette was recently seen at Palm Beach Dramaworks in the 24 Hour Theatre Project (‘Til Beth Do We Part) and at Mad Cat Theatre in SO MY GRANDMOTHER DIED . . .  She is a proud member of Burt Reynolds’ Master Acting Class. As a theatre arts educator/advocate, accolades included: theRandolph Frank Prize for Performing Arts Educator, the Florida Association for Theatre Education’s Outstanding Arts Educator Award, and an induction into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame. Blanchette continues to teach theatre at Palm Beach State College and as a private acting coach with her company www.blanchettedirections.com.

PRESTON BIRCHER (Lighting Designer) is from a show business family, and was raised backstage.  He was handed his first stage light to hang at the age of 10, and has been going ever since!  Starting at the age of 7, his mother put him onstage in her shows as a way to have ‘family time’.  In the 70’s he performed in the National Tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ, directed by Christopher Plummer and starring Susan Watson & Bobo Lewis, as well asOLIVER! starring Vincent Price as Fagin.  His professional lighting career began in the late 70’s at Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags’ Magic Mountain.  100’s of shows later; he then started a 23-year career with Carnival Cruise Lines; producing and designing over 120 shows!  Preston is glad to be back in the ‘real world’ of theatre.  Most recently he lit <i”>THE SANTALAND DIARIES & MAKING PORN for Empire Stage.  And Island City Stage’s; SHORTS GONE WILD, THE TIMEKEEPERS (for which he received a Carbonell Award Nomination) & SECRETS OF THE TRADE.

JEFF OSTROW (Stage Manager) was broken hearted when he realized he was too old to be a farm boy inGypsy.  He took up stage managing and now has over 40 shows to his credit.  Recently at Empire Stage/Island City Stage:  THE FACTS OF LIFE – THE LOST EPISODE, BODY AWARENESS, SANTALAND DIARIES, MAKING PORN, PIG TALE, SECRETS OF THE TRADE. For Hollywood Playhouse:  The other 38.

CAROL KASSIE (Marketing & Public Relations) holds a degree in Theatre Arts from Sir George Williams University (Concordia) in Montreal, Canada.  She currently handles marketing, public relations, and audience growth for several national and local theatre companies (Pigs Do Fly Productions, Parade Productions, The Women’s Theatre Project, The Boca Raton Theatre Guild, Broward Stage Door Theatre, Entr’Acte Theatrix, Thinking Cap Theatre, etc.), theatrical productions, actors, authors, musicians, and other creative.  (Sign up to receive her Theatrical Update emails at www.CarolKassie.com)