With Augusta Alban
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 8pm
Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St. Somerville, MA 02144)
Somerville, MA — Three years ago, writer and performer Greg Josselyn got a job with the City of Boston Elderly Commission as a producer for radio and television programs on aging, where older adults told their stories of re-inventing themselves after sixty. Being only twenty-six years old at the time, Josselyn was overwhelmed by the success of these Elders who had achieved their dreams late in life, despite challenges. If it was never too late for his interviewees to start anew, then he could too.
But his dream was more subversive than most. Greg wanted to become a nobody, to disappear from the tangible world like Henry David Thoreau, the Provincetown nature poet Mary Oliver, or Sandra Dee in Grease, who at the end of the movie, vanishes into the sky in a red and chrome flying convertible like a spaceship. But with the financial pressures to pay for student loans, his dream to fall away from society was never manifested. It wasn’t until Greg left the Elderly Commission for a high pressured, multi-million dollar Start-Up company that he got closer to his cabin in the woods fantasy. Within three days of starting this new job, it didn’t work out, and he was gone. Greg left Somerville for Provincetown and walked for miles into the Dunes, finally disappearing out of the world and into himself.
When Josselyn returned to his apartment in Somerville, he wrote a play about this experience, with the help of Elderly Commission pal and Baby Boomer Augusta Alban. Augusta, with years of experience as an Empowerment Coach, not only directed the play, but directed his own life, while he’s been bumbling through the revision process of the script and his own fate. The production process was akin to a Harold and Maude-like exchange, where Augusta and Greg spent hours funneling their revelations into a cohesive story that will empower the audience to discover their own autonomy and rekindle their dreams.
Josselyn and Alban will present The Meaning of Life According to Grease on Tuesday, July 26 at 8pm at the Davis Square Theatre (255 Elm St. Somerville, MA 02144). Tickets are $10, available at the meaningoflifegrease.brownpapertickets.com by calling 1-800-838-300. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Pan Mass Challenge.