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    Community Conversations Presents Two Short Poignant Comedies

    When: Tuesday, 8/10/2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Where: Online


    OFJCC Palo Alto JCC

    NOTE: Please note the later start time (2:00–3:00 PM PST) to accommodate the cast hailing from Australia.

    We are asking the audience to log into zoom at 1:45 PM PST and remain in the Waiting Room until admitted. Please be prompt; latecomers will be denied entry once the play has started. Everyone will be asked to turn off their video and be muted.

    Experience two short poignant comedies on the themes of aging, memory and obsolescence live on Zoom. The two plays are written by Ron Rosenfeld and directed by George Werther. The director and some performers join us from Australia.

    You Must Remember This: Former lovers, Rick and Sophie, meet again after fifty years. While they fondly reminisce, their memories of their old days together seem to differ.

    Here Today...: A rotary telephone, the Yellow Pages and an address book find themselves relegated to the closet and labeled 'obsolete.'

    Following the two Zoom performances, audiences will have a Q&A opportunity with the author, director, performers and founder of Bevival, a death literacy platform for the living, helping prepare for the future, long before the end.

    Ron Rosenfeld, Playwright
    Dr. Ron Rosenfeld's plays explore the interface between science, religion, faith and ethics. He is a member of The Pear Playwrights Guild in California and a retired pediatrics specialist who spent 30 years researching human growth hormones. He's had more than 660 published research and academic papers. Since retirement he has become a prolific playwright, stating the transition to writing plays was "surprisingly easy." The OFJCC has staged many of his plays, two on campus and lately several on Zoom. You can read about his plays on his website here.

    George Werther, Director
    George is a pediatric endocrinologist who has participated in community theatre in Melbourne, Australia for some 30 years, both as an actor and more recently as a director; his most recent production of 4000 Miles was interrupted by COVID-19. On stage he has played Sigmund Freud, CS Lewis and Beethoven, as well as many fictional characters including Joe Keller in All My Sons. He performed in the Zoom production of Barbara Anderson's The Tree at the Palo Alto JCC and has directed a number of Ron Rosenfeld's plays for Zoom production, including So Help Me God, All My Stuff and Take This Job.

    Nicolae Muntean is a San Francisco Bay Area actor who has been performing locally for over 30 years. A founding member and graduate of the Foothill College Theater Conservatory Program in the early 1990s, Nic has portrayed many characters and many times multiple characters, in productions up and down the Peninsula, at numerous venues. Sometimes referred to as "the man of a thousand faces," some of his favorite roles include: Marcellus, the Grave Digger, the Player King and Osric, in one production of Hamlet and Claudius in another. Other memorable roles include Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, and the title character in Dr. Faustus. His recent stints on Zoom include playing a tree and God. With the pandemic having put the kibosh on a role he was to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August of 2020, Nic turned to Zoom to perform in a string of plays. The Tree, written by local playwright Barbara Anderson and the plays So Help Me God, All My Stuff and Take This Job, written by Ron Rosenfeld. Nicolae has been thrilled to work virtually with numerous actors and the director, George Werther, from all the way "down under," in Australia. The marvels of Zoom.

    Julie Arnold's experience as an actress has been full of variety. She's played wacky children's pantomime characters, performed stand-up comedy in theatre restaurants and corporate functions and in more recent years loved the challenge of intense dramatic theatre roles like Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

    Nin Macken has acted with several local and independent theatre companies in Melbourne, Australia, including Wuthering Heights at the Melbourne Town Hall and Hamlet in the Botanic Gardens. Other plays include The Peppercorn Tree at Peridot Theatre (in-house award), Buffalo Gal at Williamstown Little Theatre and Malvern Theatre's In the Garden. She has performed in many Heidelberg Theatre productions including Hay Fever, Dangerous Liaisons, The Weir, Pride and Prejudice, Blood Brothers and The House of Bernarda Alba (VDL award) and also appeared in Brighton Theatre's Other Desert Cities as well as The Exorcism at WLT (in-house award). During the 2020 lockdown in Melbourne she participated in a number of Zoom monologues, one of which was staged outdoors earlier this year with the Fourth Wall Theatre Company.

    Caren Martineau is an innovator and mapper of cultural zeitgeists. Motivated by the emotional and financial cost of not preparing before time of need, she tapped into her vast experience in trends and culture change to launch a platform dedicated to social change. Bevival has since become a dynamic source of training, education and creative programming for an aging society confronting their mortality. A respected adviser, mentor and collaborator, Caren has served on the Boards of Directors for a variety of nonprofit organizations, start-up accelerators, and taught Design and Entrepreneurial Thinking.

    The program is free but requires registration to get the Zoom link.

    Senior Programs are made possible in part by generous contributions from the John R. Schwabacher Family, Diane and Jon Claerbout in memory of their beloved son Jos, as well as the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for the generous support of all of our donors.

    Tuesday, August 10
    2:00–3:30 PM
    Online via Zoom
    Free with registration
    Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | [email protected]


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