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The Erickson Center for the Arts presents Old Man in Love, a one man, two act play, written and performed by Jay Stielstra. Showtime is Saturday, June 29th at the Erickson Center in Curtis at 7:30 p.m. Judy Banker, Chris Buhalis, and Jason Dennie will provide music throughout the performance. The play features an old man reminiscing about the great loves of his life: the women, and the woods and waters of the Great Lakes country. He shares his memories through monologues, songs, and poetry.
The old man begins by tracing his ancestry, then his childhood and young manhood. The first act ends in his middle years with his recollection of a love affair that ended sadly.
In the second act, the old man faces his own mortality; but even more sadly he faces bereavement, the loss of his great loves: water to pollution, woods and meadows to development, and friends and lovers to death. Still he’s an upbeat old character and, at the end, leaves everyone singing “about this old love of mine, where an old empty beer can kin buy a man a dime.”
Nancy Sundstrom, Traverse City Record Eagle, states “Long known as a musical institution around the Ann Arbor area, (Jay Stielstra’s) creation and familiarity with the ‘Old Man’ role is so effective that the audience leaves the show feeling that the character is indeed real.” Ann Arbor News writer Roger Lelievre explains “It’s not often that Stielstra himself takes the stage (as an actor)… (he) remains very much a man content to be behind the scenes – clearly loved and honored, but kind of quiet about it. Clearly this is an event not to be missed.”
Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at the Erickson Center’s office or by phone at 906-586-9974. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.
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