OLLI offices reopen on Monday, August 19 (after summer break); clubs will resume meeting on Saturday, August 17.
Reminder: Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group) meets Saturday, August 17 (tomorrow!), at 1:00 in TA‑1 (social activities at 12:30 in the annex).
Registration period for fall term is from 9:00 August 20 through noon on August 29. Classes have been added to fall term, and there are also cancelled classes. Check the OLLI website for a list of changes.
Note: Presentation on a Tour of World War II in Europe: Stories and photos of those who served, offered by Indiana author Kayleen Reusser, Friday, September 27. Focus on European sites and veterans’ experiences and memories. Register for Special Event 967.
The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published Friday, August 30; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00.
Extraterrestrial Antony and Cleopatra Performed by OLLI Players
By Doris Bloch, Program Committee Co-chair
It is unlikely that William Shakespeare ever encountered aliens, but in Mason’s Harris Theatre on August 3-4, there they were. Mason was host to a premier performance of this unique approach to Antony and Cleopatra, written and directed by Alex Bulova and performed by the OLLI Players. In this play, Antony and Cleopatra in Space, Mark Antony, as a member of the powerful interplanetary Martian triumvirate, was a resident of Mars, while Cleopatra was queen of Venus. The performance was presented as a 1930s radio play, with the seven actors playing multiple roles and adding many appropriate-to-radio sound effects. The various planets and other space travel images were represented by backdrop projections and there was even a role for a robot. Interspersed among the five acts were radio commercials, several for Shakespearean memes, such as the Ophelia brand lifejackets.
Bulova has written several original playscripts, and in the past the OLLI Players have collaborated with him to perform them. Currently he is one of the two company playwrights in residence at the Class Act Players Theater Company. The OLLI Players group consists of OLLI members who love theater, enjoy acting, and travel throughout the Northern Virginia area to bring theater to other groups. Harris Theatre was a perfect venue for this show!
Music, Music Everywhere By Marianne Metz, Art and Music Program Planning Group Co-chair
As you register for fall classes, it’s easy to overlook some of the gems being offered at OLLI. If you like music, check out the wonderful multi-session classes described near the front of the catalog. But don’t stop there! The following classes, listed elsewhere, promise to be wonderful as well.
959 Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (September 24, Fairfax)
962 From Poetry to Song: Emily Dickinson (September 25, Fairfax)
966 Greek Folk Tunes in Classical Music (September 26, Loudoun)
970 Workshop on Afro-Indigenous Traditions and Culture (October 2, Fairfax)
974 Stories of a Hollywood Actress (October 4, Fairfax)
979 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (October 14, Fairfax)
My fourth novel, Pip of Sedro Woolley, has just been published. It is available as an ebook or paperback at Amazon.com; click here.
It is in the genre of magical realism and metaphysical fiction, drawing on reported accounts of contact with unidentified flying objects and aliens. It features telepathy, past lives, contact with extraterrestrials, and a set of New Age beliefs called “the Pleiadian message.” If you are following the events at Area 51, for example, this book is in that alley.
There is a video trailer with eerie music on YouTube at this link.
For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information, see the CFA ticket pageor the Hylton Centerticket purchase page.
The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).
Sat Aug 17
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1
Mon Aug 19
What’s in the Daily News?–TA-1
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
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