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AARP Florida Partners with SAGES Theater for Plays with Purpose

Posted on 02/15/24 by Marylou DeMarco


In the heart of Tampa Bay, a unique collaboration is setting the stage for a powerful movement of awareness, education, and empowerment among the senior community. AARP Florida has partnered with SAGES Theater, a distinguished group renowned for their “Plays with Purpose,” to bring to life the pressing issues that older adults face through the compelling mediums of comedy and drama. This March, they present "Phoney Baloney," a play that promises not just to entertain but to enlighten.

"Phoney Baloney" is no ordinary theatrical endeavor. It is a vibrant, fast-moving play that draws from real-life stories, focusing on the cunning world of scammers who specifically target senior citizens. Through its narrative, the play sheds light on the sophisticated tactics employed by fraudsters, aiming to arm its audience with the knowledge and tools to protect themselves against such deceit.

The significance of this partnership between AARP and SAGES Theater cannot be understated. With AARP Florida stepping in as a Signature Sponsor of SAGES, the initiative reaches deeper into the community, bolstering efforts to safeguard our seniors through the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Since its inception in 2013, the Fraud Watch Network has been at the forefront of combating telephone and internet fraud, which have increasingly become sophisticated over the years.

In March, "Phoney Baloney" will grace the stage four times at four different locations around Tampa Bay. This accessibility underscores the commitment of both organizations to reach as many individuals as possible, ensuring that the message of vigilance and empowerment resonates throughout the community. Admission to the play is FREE, making this vital message, and a great afternoon at the theater, accessible to all. Reservations are required to guarantee your seat. If any seats are left open, walk-ins will be seated fifteen minutes before showtime.

For those interested in attending, getting tickets couldn’t be easier. They are available online at SAGES Theater's website, or email SAGES at playswithpurpose@SAGEStheater.org, or call them at 1-727-536-7076. This is a golden opportunity not just to enjoy a day out at the theater but to engage with a play that could very well change the way you view the world around you.

This collaboration is more than just a series of performances; it's a beacon of hope and a call to action. It's a testament to the power of art to not only reflect society but to change it for the better. As "Phoney Baloney" takes to the stage, it carries with it the potential to significantly impact the lives of many, ensuring that our senior citizens are not only heard but protected, educated, and celebrated.

Let us all support this noble endeavor. Get your tickets, share the word, and join a movement that looks out for one another, empowering our community against the shadows of deceit. Together, with the combined forces of AARP and SAGES Theater, we stand vigilant against scams, safeguarding our peace and security with the power of knowledge and unity.

If you would like to watch a recording of Denying Gravity, an original one-act play on fall prevention, click here: https://sagestheater.org/aarp-florida-stop-falls

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