By Stephanie Sanchez
Theatergoers and AARP volunteers and staff came together to celebrate life, friendship and adventure at a special AARP night at Queensbury Theatre in City Centre in West Houston on Saturday, February 9. The special evening was a great way for AARP in Houston to wrap up its sponsorship of the comedy Breaking Out of Sunset Place.
Patricia Barry Rumble wrote the play, and Roselle Baldwin and the Houston-based Pantheon of Women produced this theatrical creation considered to be a “Thelma and Louise plus One,” comedy. The heartfelt play centers on the adventures of three women breaking out of their senior home to gain back their independence. The play uncovers the meaning of friendship, fear of being left behind, and missing loved ones. The AARP sponsorship is meaningful, considering women who are 50 and older created and produced the play.
“The Pantheon of Women saw this play as a natural fit for AARP’s sponsorship because it’s about older women chasing their dreams in a very funny way,” said Tina Tran, AARP Texas Advocacy and Outreach Director.
The nearly sold out AARP night brought out more than 100 AARP volunteers, staff and play lovers. The special night began with a warm welcome reception. Everyone enjoyed assorted refreshments, light bites and unique giveaways that included a specially designed Breaking Out of Sunset Place cookie, a piggy fan to celebrate the New Lunar Year, and a Queensbury Theatre custom-made water cup.
“It was really nice to have our volunteers there and have a special night where we could make them feel appreciated and thank them for all of their support,” said Tran.
While AARP takes a lot of pride in advocating to disrupt age in the community, this was a play that AARP volunteers could highly relate to since it involved characters who were 50 and older.
“Disrupt aging is about challenging the stereotypes of what aging is. This was an opportunity to encourage people to not see age as a limit and to chase their dreams,” said Tran.
AARP believes that it’s not about how old you are, it’s about how you live. Embracing age is a step that can shape your future to spark the real possibilities, and Breaking Out of Sunset Place was definitely the event to show what AARP stands for.
AARP is actively engaging to make a difference in your community. Find out more about what AARP is doing in your back yard and how you can get involved and be part of this movement visit aarp.org/Houston.
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