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“Adopt a Senior Citizen” theatre-ticket project

“Adopt a Senior Citizen” theatre-ticket project

My Nana on her 100th birthday

Thousands of senior citizens in Los Angeles would love to attend the theater, opera, ballet or a concert.  But for many, the price of a ticket is prohibitive.  Enter Adopt-A-Senior Citizen. Created by veteran theater director Mark W. Travis, Adopt-A-Senior Citizen invites individuals to “˜adopt”™ a senior by donating a few dollars toward the purchase of those tickets.

Travis is piloting Adopt-A-Senior Citizen with Arthur Miller”™s The Price at Theatre West in Los Angeles.

Launched in January 2010, AASC has received significant donations from across the country and as far away as England, Germany, and Ireland.

For just $17 a donor can assure that one senior citizen is able to enjoy an evening of theatre.  Of course, donations of any amount are accepted.  One hundred percent of each donation will go toward the purchase of tickets.   All donations are tax-deductible.

Donations to Adopt-A-Senior Citizen can be made via PayPal to [email protected]

or for more information call (818) 679-7077

Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles, CA 90068,

in close proximity to Universal City, Hollywood, North Hollywood and Studio City.

Report by Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

2 comments

  • Great idea, nice story.

    When I first saw the promo on facebook, I thought it was going to be something where individuals volunteer to accompany seniors to the theater. I actually think that may even be a better idea – often the problem isn’t the cost, but the lack of friends/family to go with the senior.

    I have an 80+ Aunt in NYC who still loves to go to concerts, theater, etc. but has so few living friends and no close relatives in town that it makes her hesitant to go out much. I bet a program like AASC could easily be expanded to include donations of time. Would be interesting to see what Mark thinks and if it is being done in NY.

    Cheers. ajg

  • Funny you should say that bc that idea occurred to me as well.

    I often struggle to find a companion for my weekly excursions to the theater, and it might be nice to take someone out once in a while who wouldn’t otherwise get out to a play or concert.

    It’ll be interesting to see if we get any other responses along these lines. Thanks!

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