Still Dreaming

Still Dreaming

Sat, 05/04/2019 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Pictured: Charlotte Fairchild as Puck

Credit: Genevieve Russell

A wistful, honest, and frequently hilarious true story about the benefits of arts and aging.

Still Dreaming, airing Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, is a wistful, honest, and frequently hilarious true story which takes place at The Lillian Booth Actor's Home, a community for retired entertainers and their family members just outside New York City. The Home has decided to bring its residents out of retirement and stage a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the facility. Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody, two young, acclaimed directors from NYC, are hired to make this challenge a reality in a mere six weeks. As the ensemble dives into an unpredictable but revelatory journey, the choice of play begins to resonate in unexpected and marvelous ways. Like Shakespeare's famous woods, the retirement home is a world where the difference between dreams and reality aren't easy for some to distinguish. Working with aging cast members who are struggling with ailments from Alzheimer’s to near-blindness, Ben and Noah find themselves in a world they don't quite understand—one in which they and the meaning of their art are being transformed. The film follows the production as opening night approaches and as tempers flare, health concerns abound, and disaster seems imminent. But as these seasoned entertainers forge ahead, they find that creativity is a magical force of renewal.

Featured in the film are some of Broadway’s finest performers including Charlotte Fairchild (Mame, 42nd St., Damn Yankees) Aideen O’Kelly (OthelloA Life, Philadelphia Here I Come!), Bob Evans (Damn Yankees, Pajama Game, Guys & Dolls), and Joan Stein (Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows). Robert Morse (How to Succeed in Business, AMC’s Mad Men) sings the end credits song, “Even I” with piano accompaniment by Grammy award winner Bill Cunliffe.