Pangea World Theater dives into love and sex among the elder set in a new work, called No Expiration Date: Sexuality & Aging, opening this weekend. The work, written by Meena Natarajan, takes stories that came out of a recent University of Minnesota study to create a play that ventures into a topic often not spoken about.
"You don't think of an older person as a sexual being," Natarajan says. "When I started reading the study, it was so fascinating. It made me laugh and it made me cry just to read different people's reactions and the healing that happened at the end of it."
Some of the stories that emerged from the study included people struggling to find their sexuality after their life partner died, or the experience of buying toys at a sex store following a divorce. One woman talks about the eye-opening experience of looking through the books available at her assisted living facility. "There are really cute stories from old-timers," Natarajan says.
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