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.
A Coming Of Age
Lunch at the Piccadilly
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.
Dr. Lyndall Hare
Lyndall Hare, PhD, Concierge Gerontologist, holds a Social Work degree and a Ph.D. in Gerontological Studies. She has worked in the field of aging for almost thirty years, both in the United States and South Africa. She has expertise in the transitions facing individuals in midlife and beyond. She has worked as a gerontology educator and trainer, in a number of aging service organizations (adult day health care, stroke rehabilitation, community organizations for older adults) as a case manager, social worker, executive director, advocate, community organizer, and board member. Lyndall has authored various training manuals & professional journal articles, as well as a book: In the Belly of the Beast: South African Women’s Lives of Activism, Exile, and Aging, CPCC Press, 2003.
Karen has been a clogger and a singer to Appalachian old-time stringband music since 1979, and has been a community activist who is “determined to be part of the solution.” She has been a Board member of the Charlotte Folk Music Society since 1998, and since 2007 she has been an Occupational Therapist Assistant who loves working with patients one on one in their homes. All of this, she says, “engages her heart and soul, and some of it pays the bills.”
Raised in New York City, Cricket moved to Charlotte in 1993. With advanced degrees in education, sociology, and business/industrial relations, she taught at the secondary and college levels, worked in vocational and neuro-rehabilitation, and then as Communications Director for 18 years with Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Her passion is performing with the Charlotte Symphony and the Oratorio Singers. She also serves as the chair of WFAE’s community advisory council.
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 aldersgateccrc.com
The production of Lunch at the Piccadilly is made possible by a generous grant from Aldersgate.
Dr. Lyndall Hare
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