How Two Crones Learned To Embrace Old Age

With their 60th birthdays looming, two best friends chose radically different paths in approaching their 7th decade. One went on a 30 day silent retreat to write poetry.  The other headed straight to the doc for Botox, Juvaderm and pretty white teeth.  On Wilderness’ retreat, she wrote a poem entitled “Hags and Crones”.  After Naomi’s cosmetic treatments, she wrote a song, “Cosmetic Surgery Blues!” Both pieces have become part of the play’s repertoire.


Over an 8 year time span, Naomi and Wilderness invited more than 100 elder women, ages 60-95, to meet in workshop settings and interviews.  They shared their profound experiences of aging in dramatic monologue, skits, storytelling, and movement. From this work, an early excerpt of Wrinkles premiered at WHAT in 2010 to sold out audiences. Many disappointed theatre-goers had to be turned away at the box office.


Serendipity has played the biggest role of all in the development of Wrinkles. Years of writing, re-writing, and research led the authors to celebrated musician, composer, and arranger, Malcolm Granger, and eventually to the attention of Nina Schuessler, artistic director of Cape Cod Theatre Company, known for her skill in taking new work from “page to stage.” Nina and Malcolm assembled a cast and crew of extraordinary talent and, in 2017, created a sell-out run to critical acclaim. Wrinkles The Musical was then reprised for an encore season at CCTC in 2018.


Dani Davis, Broadway producer, choreographer, Emmy winning song writer and dear friend of Naomi then signed on to bring the play through its next evolution. Under Dani’s direction, the team, now including Peter Hodgson and Alison Weller, worked to add more depth to the characters, create higher stakes in theme and plot, and develop a more sophisticated score.


Nine years after its birth at WHAT, Wrinkles The Musical returns home. Thank you, WHAT, for believing in this “Home-Grown Musical” and supporting it since the initial seeds were planted.

We bow to all in gratitude for helping us to bring this labor of love to fruition, to honor the aging process, and to challenge the cultural stereotype of “the invisible old woman.”