In the Art of Living, we present the work of artists – writers, photographers, visual artists, composers and singers and jazz players, some better known than others– who have created beautiful work about the notions that pass through our heads in The Third Act, like the passing of time; the sorrow, uncertainty and pleasure of old age; about dying and immortality and love and passion; and about the need for friends. And we have now produced and completed Season One of Five Wise Guys, a video series of 8 episodes in which five older men, aged 69-84, share with one another what’s going on in our lives – often in great hilarity.
Throughout all the material is the theme that you “don’t die till you’re dead.” We may be closer to the end, but there’s a hell of a lot we can still imagine and accomplish –and fun to be had.
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I like a good story-poem, always have. “The Ballad of William Sycamore” by Stephen Vincent Benet is an old favorite. So is “Gus the Theatre Cat” from T.S. Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’. Confessional poetry can be tricky. There’s always a chance the poet is going to tell us a little too much. Confessional […]
As actors, the Wise Guys read from work that address issues of life in The Third Act. Bob reads the role of the Dutch orchestra maestro Mengelburg from Danny Klein’s play, Mengelburg and Mahler; Sam performs a speech from I’m Not Rappaport , by Herb Gardner; and Matt reads a poem by Buff Whitman-Bradley called “Third Cousins,” that speaks […]
The Wise Guys cover a lot of territory. Like what they can do better now than when they were younger. How letting yourself off the hook comes a little more easily these days. And wondering, “what’s next?” Tune in. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
The future. Self-striving. Accepting the confines imposed by the realities of aging –these are the subjects that dominate the conversation of this great episode. As you expect, nothing escapes the wit of the Wise Guys. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
The wise guys talk about profound loss, memories of major events and people from their younger lives. As always, someone cracks wise and gets the whole bunch laughing and feeling lighter. Watch all episodes of The Five Wise Guys here.
Click play to listen to all the songs featured in this edition of “Rediscovering Songs of our Youth” Spring Is Here was first introduced by Dennis King and Vivienne Segal in the 1938 Broadway Musical, I Married An Angel, and sung by Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the 1942 film version by the same name. Earliest […]
In Episode 3, the Five Wise Guys explore what “the future” means at their age. Which, ultimately, leads to further digging into the notion of mortality. Laughs abound as The Five Wise Guys figure out how to manage what’s coming their way. Meet the Five Wise Guys and hear what they’ve got on their minds — actors, […]
In Episode 2, the Five Wise Guys delve deep into the issues of health, mortality and the value of friendships in The Third Act. Meet the Five Wise Guys and hear what they’ve got on their minds — actors, writers, storytellers all — as they kibbitz about life in The Third Act. Five Wise Guys is the Project’s first […]
Now TAP members and visitors can look in on a group of interesting older guys — actors, writers, storytellers all — as they kibbitz about life in The Third Act. Five Wise Guys is the Project’s first TV show and features writer and TAP co-founder Sam Bittman; actor Jeff Kent; bookman and storyteller Matthew Tannenbaum; author and playwright […]