Janet’s Class, a Captivating Look at Creativity

Dorothy Lyman

By Katie McHugh

Actress, director, and filmmaker Dorothy Lyman is visiting San Miguel and has agreed to show her documentary film, Janet’s Class. In this touching and riveting film, Lyman explores the creative potential of growing older. Filled with humor and insight, the film takes us into actress Janet Sarno’s New York theater class to meet her dedicated students, all over the age of 50, as they discover their talents and themselves.

Documentary film
To benefit La Biblioteca
Janet’s Class
Thu, Mar 10, 4pm
La Biblioteca
Teatro Santa Ana
Reloj 50A
100 pesos includes film, Q&A with director, margarita reception

“In 2010, I followed a group of seniors in New York City who took an acting class on Thursdays from my friend Janet,” said Lyman on a recent afternoon in San Miguel. “They allowed me to film their scene rehearsals and performances and also graciously invited me into their homes and hearts. I was facing my own 63rd birthday and not at all happy with what was happening to my face and my body. I felt at the peak of my powers in so many areas. Why did I have to grow old so quickly? I decided I needed to force myself to look at how we age, to see if there was more to it than my feelings of loss and diminishment. Can one do it gracefully? The interviews taught me a lot about the ‘third act’ of life. And I made excellent friends. Four of the people in the film have since passed, but they live on in Janet’s Class.”

Lyman came to San Miguel three years ago to check out the local theater scene. She partnered with Michael Gottlieb and Players Workshop, and together they produced and she directed Enemy, a new play that ran last month at the San Miguel Playhouse. Lyman also produced and directed Where Was I?—a solo show written and performed by Karen Ludwig that opened the Fringe San Miguel Festival 2016.

Lyman has a long history as an accomplished actor, having received two Emmy awards for her work in All My Children. She was on daytime TV daily for almost 20 years, in three different soap operas. She directed innumerable seasons of The Nanny. Her other accomplishments are too long to list here!

When not in San Miguel, Lyman lives on a farm in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.

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