With any luck, we all will get older. Writer Jim R. Rogers, known to most folks on the Grand Strand as a parenting expert, decided to put his thoughts on growing older – the joys, the pains, the epiphanies, the laughs – into poems, published in his book “Starts and Stops Along the Way.”
Now, a selection of his insights, captured as the “Geriatric Monologues”, have already received acclaim as the featured play in the Atlantic Stage New Play competition, and will be performed this month at the Murrells Inlet Community Theater, another fun thing to do in the Myrtle Beach area.
Jim’s reflections are poignant and funny: “As we grow older, we start disappearing. Lots of people don’t see us anymore, rarely listen to our stories of who we were, when we were, and being an elder carries very little respect in our youth- oriented high tech world. I wanted more people to understand the process, what we go through, how we feel and that we are still alive and still have much to offer. Once I wore two different shoes. Nobody noticed.”
Sally Z. Hare, Jim’s biggest fan and wife feels the work is very important. “It will be funny and poignant – but more than that, I think it has great potential to be used to create the space for important conversations between adult children and their parents, between caregivers and the people they serve, with business and service and professional people who work with older folks…”
Tickets are $15 and be bought at the door (no credits card, please) or reserved in advance by calling 843-651-4152.
When: June 17, 18, 24, 25 at 7:30 p.m.; June 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.
Where: Murrells Inlet Community Theater, 4462 Murrells Inlet Road
Tickets: $15; call box office at 843-651-4152 for reservations.