LONG BEACH, CA -- For some playwrights, life begins at 79.
Clinical psychologist Joseph Stein was 79 years old when he took his first playwriting class. Eight years later, his maiden play, A Different Springtime, is having its world premiere March 21 at the Actor's Playhouse, produced by L.A. Jewish Theatre.
Stein's play is about two senior citizens, one of whom is a Holocaust survivor, who find love and companionship through a personal ad.
"This is a funny and touching romance about breaking down insecurities which serve as barriers to happiness," said director Sergui Nepomnin. "Two people who have been unhappy all their lives find a new beginning, a new 'springtime,' in their later years because they allow their hearts to remain open despite sorrows in the past."
Springtime plays through April 19 at the Playhouse at l409 E. 4th St. Performances are Sat. at 3 PM and 8 PM and Sun. at 3 PM. For tickets, $15, call (213) 660-8587. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent