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Yes, aging can be fun(ny)


TRAIL of Johnson County invites the public to attend its next community-wide event, “Invisibility, elderly cats, and swimming raccoons: An irreverent look at aging and its surprises," featuring local actor and award-winning playwright Janet Schlapkohl. This free performance will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in the Schwab Auditorium of the Coralville Public Library. Doors open at 4:00 PM and the program will begin at 4:30.

Schlapkohl, who understands the power of humor in dealing with the life changes that come with growing older, weaves her own experiences as the daughter of aging parents and spouse of a large-animal veterinarian into a funny, edgy, yet loving look at the so-called golden years, tarnish and all.

Preceding Schlapkohl’s monologue will be a musical prelude by Mektoub, a jazz trio featuring John Rapson, retired head of the University of Iowa Jazz Studies Program, and “Hot Tamale Louie” veterans Daniel Gaglione and Ryan Smith. A brief reception with refreshments will follow the performance at approximately 5:30.

Janet Schlapkohl earned her MFA in Playwriting from the UI and is the founder of Combined Efforts Theatre and director of Country Camp, LLC. She is the recipient of Iowa City’s Isabelle Turner Human Rights Award, the Richard Maibaum Award, the UI’s Finkbine Award for Human Rights, and was selected as a 2014 Visionary Playwright by Theater Masters. Janet’s plays have been produced in New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Colorado, and across Iowa. She has also worked as a director, a dramaturge, a scenic artist, and a costume designer, and is currently an adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Theatre Arts.

This performance is an extended version of a presentation Janet delivered at TRAIL’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration on May 18, 2019. Corporate sponsors for this event include Lensing Funeral Service, Caring Hands & More, and MidWestOne Bank.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Visit the Calendar page on the TRAIL website or call the TRAIL office at (319) 800-9003 to sign up or for further details.