Still Dreaming at Folger Elizabethan Theatre Monday, May 19

If viewers learned anything from the 2011 retired-people-chorus documentary Young@Heart, it’s that older people love to perform and younger people love to watch them. The new documentary, Still Dreaming, operates under the same premise, but instead of singing classic rock songs, the senior citizens in this film come together to perform Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. And while they may have a few decades on most of the play’s characters, the performers don’t lack for experience—they’re residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home, a New Jersey assisted-living facility for retired stage professionals. When the home’s staff recruits Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody, directors from New York’s Fiasco Theatre, to lead the residents in an intense six-week rehearsal process, both groups doubt that the outcome will be a success. Challenges abound—one participant complains about her lack of short-term memory and another takes offense at the direction—but as they say, the show must go on, with the actor playing Bottom leaning on his cane and joyfully pronouncing each line. The film shows at 7 p.m. at Folger Elizabethan Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15–$20. (202) 544-7077. folger.edu.

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