Windmore Foundation for the Arts and The State Theatre Partner to present Salt and Pepper by Robert Benjamin

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016

Windmore Foundation for the Arts and The State Theatre Partner to present Salt and Pepper by Robert Benjamin

Contributed by Fran Cecere & Danica Low

On Saturday, June 4, The Culpeper Center & Suites (previously named the The Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community) hosted a dress rehearsal of Salt and Pepper, performed by members of Windmore Foundation for the Arts’ StageWorks Theater Program. About seventy residents attended the rehearsal, which was presented in the beautiful Assembly Room in The Culpeper facility.

Pat Ballard, Director of Resident Services at The Culpeper, says “It is our goal and mission to continue to reach out to the greater Culpeper community to bring in events and programs like this to our residents.”

Salt and Pepper is a gently provocative stage play about aging with grace, courage and humor. The characters lead the audience through eight intertwined scenes that celebrate life’s drama of maturing in a culture immersed with denial about aging.

The State Theatre shares that the play is innovative and entertaining by virtue of the connectedness among the one-act scenes. Mature characters strive for personal happiness in a culture unfriendly to aging. The scenes deal with rekindled romance, terminal illness, caregiving, healing, and gifts.

The first official production of Salt and Pepper will be held on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00pm at The State Theatre in its Grills Black Box – which was recently upgraded with the addition of black out curtains generously provided by Mr. Joe Weld, of Culpeper. Salt and Pepper, offers stories untold about real life situations encountered by the senior population. Windmore Foundation for the Arts shares that it is excited to partner with The State Theatre for this production.

Ms. Johncie Carlson who directs the play, is a Culpeper resident who has acted in and directed many productions. Windmore shares that she has worked very hard on every detail of this presentation.

The ten talented local actors in Salt and Pepper have many years of experience in professional and community theater. Eight scenarios show the decision making process involved in finding love, the strength to reach out to new options, dealing with the loss of a spouse, and coping with a life-threatening illness. Author Benjamin handles these problems with deep understanding, grace, courage, and glimpses of humor.