2005-2008 Skips in the Record staged readings in Los Angeles and Rhode Island:
Skips in the Record is a dark comedy about a southern black American family coping with Alzheimer's disease. Memories are the lifeblood of a family's identity. Skips in the Record focuses on the fear of losing memory, history, thoughts, ideas, recognition and the urgent desire to preserve all of these. The play also captures the bittersweet and sometimes antic comedy that can come in the wake of Alzheimer's. Skips in the Record is based on interviews that playwright Rose Weaver conducted in 1998 and 1999 with family members in her native Georgia. Rose and volunteers organized a series of staged readings in the Los Angeles area where The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter was a sponsor. The community-based locations in Los Angeles including West Angeles Church, Holman United Methodist Church, Circle of Friends Adult Day Health Care and Cedars Sinai Medical Center; Downtown Los Angeles Women's Center, Links, and Avalon Church of Christ; and Providence Rhode Island community organizations.
Each reading was successful and highly regarded by the audience as an excellent and innovative approach to educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease.
2000-2008 Menopause Mama:
A work-in-progress, Menopause Mama is an original, compelling, cutting edge and often hilarious solo performance play with music, humor, and singing about aging and midlife changes. It uses the stories of women -- and men -- who have successfully (and not-so-successfully) chartered the waters we call "the change of life." Endorsed by Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, Women’s bodies, Women’s Wisdom, and Mother and Daughter Wisdom, it premiered at Perishable Theatre, Providence, Rhode Island to sell-out audiences and unabated demand for tickets. It was extended twice and traveled around New England and to Bermuda. Through a variety of characters and interspersed with signature renditions of new and standard songs, author and actor Rose Weaver depicts the struggles, triumphs, tears, and the lighter side of menopause. Weaver also gives a voice to a few men as they grapple with their own midlife changes.
The idea for Menopause Mama was conceived when Rose Weaver was at Brown University working on her MFA in creative writing (the degree was her 50th birthday present to herself). At the time she had just begun to experience forgetfulness and trouble remembering lines for her roles in plays at Trinity Repertory Company.
In talking with friends, she realized she was not alone in her frustration. After some research, she found that her "senior moments" were actually consistent with the beginnings of menopause. Rose’s response, as an actress and promising writer, was to keep a journal of her "symptoms" and feelings and began to focus solely on her menopause stories and those of other women.
She interviewed dozens of friends, colleagues, men and women of other cultures on this topic and wrote a research paper called "The Cultural Significance of Menopause."
1998 "I'll Make Me A World: A Century Of African - American Arts:
"And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I'm lonely -- I'll make me a world." ____James Weldon Johnson, "The Creation" (1927)
"I'll Make Me A World: A Century Of African - American Arts," was an unprecedented six-hour WNET TV series that captured the stories behind 100 years of tumultuous struggle for identify, equality, and self-expression, and celebrates the creation of an extraordinary artistic legacy. It was produced by the late Henry Hampton of Blackside, (who wrote His Eyes on the Prize) in association with local arts organizations throughout the nation. Waterspill Junction, in collaboration with First Night Rhode Island, was a local producer in the state of Rhode Island. Waterspill Junction organized a large number of local African-American painters, dancers, musicians, storytellers, actors, and singers to present week long programs throughout the state. Artists included published visual artist Morgan Monceaux, filmmaker Don Mays, international storytellers Valerie Tutson and Lenny Cabral, gallery owners Linda Avant-Deishinni and Munir D. Mohammed.
1998-2005 OTHER COLLABORATIONS
Village Retirement Communities - Skips in the Record - Play Performance
First Night Providence - Skips in the Record - Play Performance
First Night Providence - I’ll Make Me A World Panel Discussion
Don Mays, Filmmaker - Movie Premier
RI Department of Health - Menopause Mama - Play Performance with Panel Discussion
Lawrence & Memorial Hospital - Menopause Mama - Play Performance with Discussion
Rhode Island Hospital: Horror, Heroism, and Hope: Rhode Island Hospital Nursing Response to the Station Fire @Trinity Rep, Providence, RI - a play performance