One-Man-Play is a Smash Hit with Seattle Assisted Living Residents

In the past few years there have been many movies about older people. Some of the top:

  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Grumpy Old Men
  • On Golden Pond
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • Cocoon

But, there haven't been too many theatrical productions about older people and their unique challenges, especially one set in a nursing home.

According to the Spokesman Review: actor, playwright and social worker Mark Cherniack of Port Townsend, Washington staged a one-man show “Jalopies” at Interplayers Professional Theatre last weekend.

The 52-year-old Cherniack has worked in assisted living residences in Seattle for 15 years, as a certified nursing assistant. Older people have inspired him and changed his life.

He earned a master’s degree in theater, eventually writing the one-man play and staging it in a Seattle assisted living residence.

The actor-playwright went on to study at the University of Washington’s social work master’s program, and graduated in 2004.

Cherniack is headed to Vancouver, B.C., to stage “Jalopies” during the International Fringe Festival, an alternative theater event.

After show discussions include assisted living residents and their baby boomer children.

With retirement communities on the rise in Washington, the option of learning more about aging is essential.