​ Our Research Turned into Art: The Geeze and Me!

What if there were a musical—simultaneously serious and hilarious—that explores life's later years, addressing the good, the bad, and the ugly of aging?

The Geeze and Me is a musical production about the aging process, upsides and down. And it incorporates our research at the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging.

Dilip V. Jeste, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care, and Danielle Glorioso, LCSW, the Executive Director of the Center, were consultants on the script. "We are thrilled to see our research turned into art," said Dr. Jeste.

The Geeze and Me is a funny, irreverent, and poignant show about surviving aging. This timely show features a comedic troupe of eccentric players who team up to wrangle aspects of aging from an expert. An eclectic blend of songs ranging from pop to blues to street corner doo-wop, accompanied by electric choreography and state-of-the-art projections. The perils and benefits of growing older are reflected in the concerns of this diverse group of people.

The world premiere of The Geeze and Me will be in San Diego on March 31 at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center, and performances continue through April 29. Based on a book written by Hedges Capers and Nancy Capers, The Geeze and Me will be produced and directed by Nancy Capers with musical direction by Will "B.J." Robinson of KPBS Spectrum, choreography by Joanne Lovejoy, costumes by Rick Frederick, and lighting design by Cynthia Bloodgood. Brendan Hill is assistant director, and Beonica Bullard is stage manager.

More than 50 percent of proceeds from ticket sales of The Geeze and Me will be donated to several nonprofits, including the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging.

For tickets, please visit: www.sdartstix.com/the-geeze-and-me or www.thegeezeandme.com

Performances: March 31–April 29, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m.

Location: The Tenth Avenue Arts Center, 930 10th Ave, San Diego 92101


Photos by Ken Jacques