Presented by Arena Stage at the Mead Center of American Theater
The Year of Magical Thinking
By Joan Didion based on her memoirs
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Featuring Kathleen Turner as Joan Didion
There is no way to avoid tragedy, loss or their aftermath. Yet we still hope that when faced with inescapable grief, something miraculous can emerge to ease our pain and guide us back to the joy of life. Few writers have experienced loss so suddenly and profoundly — or chronicled it as beautifully — as Joan Didion. Based on her award-winning memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking follows the iconic American author, portrayed by Kathleen Turner (Mother Courage and Her Children), as she learns to reconcile the natural instincts that drive us to bargain with the universal forces that giveth and taketh away.
“It is a play about grief, yes, but the rigorous assessing of grief and its effects, as delivered by the incomparable Kathleen Turner, is in fact an incredible act of generosity,” adds Upchurch. “Kathleen’s grit and grace and sly sense of humor are fantastically paired with Joan Didion’s no-holds-barred piece. I feel honored to be plumbing the depths of this gorgeous work with her at Arena Stage.”
“I am drawn to this piece by the exquisite writing and inherent grace that I hope to be able to share with others,” says Turner.