Paula J Riley started The SALT & PEPPER SERIES which consisted of a series of short and full-length plays by mature writers, about mature themes, performed by mature actors, uniquely positioned to address a need that is lacking in today's theatre for “seasoned citizens.”
Paula felt the voice of this mature audience was not being heard in the majority of popular theater. That is surprising because
44.2% of the theater audience in cities like New York City is comprised of people 50 years or older. Paula said that theatre is about story telling and senior writers and actors have stories to tell. In addition to profiling their current endeavors, Paula also looked to cast light on their legacies and the contributions they have made over the course of their lifetimes. Paula felt it was vital to pass these stories— and their inherent wisdom— down to a younger generation.
SALT & PEPPER productions tackled issues like: health, sex, the loss of loved ones, loneliness, facing mortality, fitting in with a youth-orientated culture, job and money issues as well as generational growth, acquiring peace and wisdom, enjoying leisure time, spending time with family and finding a voice within our society.
As the baby-boomer generation ages the concerns that affect them made for fascinating theater.
Paula brought this vigor and energy to the SALT & PEPPER SERIES that started in 2013. As of August 2014 she had produced five productions under this banner.
SALT & PEPPER follows the edict that was written by this anonymous senior citizen: “We all have a purpose in life; often we don’t know what it is. But my life influences your life, and your life influences someone else’s every day. If we think about this, we can try more conscientiously to provide positive, helpful and meaningful experiences for others.”