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Ellen Wacher’s prodution company PIGS DO FLY A very nice news story on Ellen’s company which appeared on the front page of the Go! section of the SunSentinal August 13th, 2014 - link to article: http://bit.ly/pigs_do_fly 'Fifty Plus' short plays celebrate those full of life August 13, 2014 | Marci Shatzman mshatzman@tribune.com Ellen Wacher got tired of all the putdowns and went looking for plays on older adults enjoying their life. "We're a third of the population, and that has become my mantra," said the active Screen Actors Guild member who was told she had to go gray to compete for over-50 roles. "I don't do matronly," she said. Once she segued into producing, "we looked for scripts that resonated with us, situations that would strike a chord with our audiences and of course were humorous," Wacher said. Hundreds of plays poured in after theater colleague Marj O'Neill-Butler put out a call online. "We got 364 and people sent in an additional 67 from all over the world," said O'Neill, an actor, director, playwright and stage manager. "Ellen wanted plays about people who were healthy and vital and living their lives." The 10-minute plays were honed down to seven, including O'Neill-Butler's "Flight Fright." Under the title "Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life…As We Know It!" they'll be staged Friday through Aug. 24 at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton. Showtime's Marilyn Perry is a theater buff, and went to see the plays at Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale at the urging of her friend Beverly Blanchette, who directs three of them. [O'Neill-Butler directs the other four]. "Beverly said, 'this would be great in Boca,' " said Perry, executive director and producer of Showtime, the 125-seat performance space and school for children and adults in Royal Palm Place. This wasn't a big departure, since Showtime already does some adult shows, she added. This run will only be the second for Wacher's new Pigs Do Fly Productions, and she expects to find a ready audience. "That was our very first show [at Empire] and I had no idea what the response would be," Wacher said about the debut. "People came up to me afterward and said, 'thanks for doing things for people like us.'" Wacher has reached out to age-appropriate actors, three men and three women. And the plots range from putting some oomph in a married couple's sex life to meeting someone new at a bar. "I was told, Ellen, if you're older than 50 you only get Depends or Viagra commercials," Wacher said. "I'm mad, and I'm not going to take it anymore!" "Fifty Plus – A Celebration of Life…As We Know It!" is at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday Aug. 14 through 24 at Showtime Performing Arts Theater, 503 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Tickets are $30 at pigsdoflyproductions.com or 866-811-4111.
from left: Beverly Blanchette, Ellen Wacher, Marj O’Neill Butler