The Art of Living

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.

Let us know what’s going on in with you by sharing comments after any material in The Art of Living that has particular meaning for you. It will help guide us in the selection of fresh content every week.

 

The Art of Living

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 […]



Read More Third Cousins

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 […]



Read More Five Wise Guys: Ep. 8: Season Finale — Great Performances

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, […]



Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: Episode 3

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 […]



Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: Episode 2

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 […]



Read More FIVE WISE GUYS: The Pilot Episode