Avrum Krause is nothing if not a veteran of the Chicago theater scene.
The driving force and co-founder of The Time of Your Life Players, a Chicago-based troupe of actors 55 and older, Krause has been performing on various Chicago stages since 1984.
At the end of the month, he will open the curtain on the second run of “Rock ‘n’ Roll AD,” which chronicles the life of a musician named Roy, who is seeking to get his band back together for one last tour when he discovers he’s been diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The first run took place last fall.
The show will open at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 27 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. It will continue at 2 p.m. every Wednesday, with the exception of March 6, as well as 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Friday, March 29.
“We’ve never re-opened a show before this is unique,” said Krause, who wrote, directs and produces the musical performance. “I just think the subject matter was so important, it needed a second run.”
Comprised of about 25 people who volunteer their time and talents, The Time of Your Life Players is the only senior theatre group that performs its own music. “Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” will feature 12 original pieces.
“We think it’s inspirational for people to see seniors do this kind of thing in the community,”
Krause said. “Our societal value is in the very fact that (the theater group) exists.”
And following every show is the opportunity for audiences to engage in group discussions. At the conclusion of “Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” showings, representatives of the Alzheimer’s Association® Greater Illinois Chapter will speak and answer questions.
“The post-show discussion will give the audience the chance to ask any questions they may have about the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's and related disorders, the diagnostic process, treatments and resources,” said Melanie Chavin, Vice President of Program Services for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll AD” is the ninth original musical presented by The Time of Your Life Players. It features music by Michael Evans and lyrics by Lauren Krause. Musicians, singers, and actors 55 and older interested in joining The Time of Your Life Players are asked to call 773.248.5249 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets are $16 for individuals. The group rate is $11. For more information, call 773.327.5252 or
go to stage773.com.