In 2012, Ashton Applewhite was invited to speak at a performance festival whose theme that year was so scary that friends of the organizer warned she would lose all her subscribers.
The topic? Aging.
As it turned out, the naysayers were wrong. Subscriptions to the festival tripled, confirming what Applewhite already knew from her work as a public speaker, performer, and the author since 2008 of “This Chair Rocks,” an anti-ageist blog.