The Movement

In Lunch at the Piccadilly the characters hope to start a "world movement" to help people connect and share ideas and experiences. In real life, Playworks and Aldersgate used the show as a catalyst for "continuing the conversation" about aging, through the events listed below. Aldersgate, under the guidance of Tim Rogers, was the recent production's generous sponsor, forging a visionary partnership to raise awareness through live performance.


Clyde Edgerton wrote the novel Lunch at the Piccadilly after taking care of his aunt.  The musical brings to the stage all the themes that Edgerton highlights when it comes to growing old and caregiving.  From demanding a good piece of cornbread, to changing the way senior living communities involve their residents, or how caregivers can better navigate the system of aging services - these themes resonate with what’s happening as the rocking chairs are moved around in the world of aging and caregiving.


There’s a MOVEMENT afoot!  And the boomers and elders are having their voices heard so that our aging world will keep on “rockin’ ‘n shakin’ things up” - we’re talking creative living options such as age-friendly cities, village-to-village communities, co-housing, naturally occurring retirement communities… and more! We invite you to join us in the variety of events we are offering in our community over the next several months.

Aldersgate is a nonprofit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) actively involved in redefining and shaping the future of senior living. Today, some 350 seniors enjoy independent living and access to all levels of care within the beauty of a 234-acre wooded campus in proximity to rich urban amenities and culture.


Through The Gateway Promise, Aldersgate is making a thoughtful investment in its natural campus. This will include 62 new apartments and villas, an amenity-filled Commons and a more advanced, profoundly evolved  level of healthcare delivery. Aldersgate will serve as a blueprint for other retirement communities across the nation as it also enriches life for residents and the surrounding community at large. Learn more at


The production of Lunch at the Piccadilly is made possible by a generous grant from Aldersgate.

Dr. Lyndall Hare
Symposium Coordinator

Karen Singleton

Cricket Weston


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Production photos:
Donna Bise

Additional production photos:
Norris Greenlee, Bobby Moody