The Year of Magical Thinking

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Negotiating Grief

When your rational mind is trying to tell you things you don't want to hear, even the toughest of us will go looking for the loophole. You know, the one that gives a fighting chance to negotiate beyond the rational. That's the conundrum facing the ever-unshakeable Joan Didion on her personal quest to the impossible. To bring her husband back. Make her daughter well. A stunning meditation on unexpected loss and immeasurable love, poetic in its blunt honesty, and channeled through the exceptional Sarah Day. We can't imagine a better spokesperson.



Based on the book by decorated literary journalist Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking recounts the twelve months following the unexpected death of her husband, and concurrent hospitalization of her only daughter. A beautifully told chronicle of memory and grief - heartbreaking, hopeful and absolutely riveting. 


Run time: 1 hour 45 minutes. This production runs without an intermission.

Voice & Text Coach Robert Ramirez
Costume Design Holly Payne
Scenic Design Yu Shibagaki
Lighting Design Noele Stollmack
Sound Design & Original Music Victoria Deiorio
Stage Manager Rebecca Lindsey (P)*


Joan Sarah Day*

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
** Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, an Independent Labor Union
Member of United Scenic Artists

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APT's Sarah Day delivers magnificent 'The Year of Magical Thinking'
By Peggy Sue Dunigan,, July 20, 2014.

Sarah Day grapples with grief as Joan Didion in American Players Theatre's 'The Year of Magical Thinking'
By Jennifer A. Smith, The Isthmus, July 7, 2014.

American Players Theatre's Sarah Day makes Didion's devastating 'Year' magical
By Kevin Lynch, Culture Currents (Vernaculars Speak) blog, originally published in The Shepherd Express, July 3, 2014.

Sarah Day plumbs Joan Didion's grief in APT's 'The Year of Magical Thinking'
By Aaron R. Conklin, Madison Magazine Stage Write blog, July 2, 2014.

Death haunts a writer in American Players Theatre's 'Year of Magical Thinking'
By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 2, 2014.

Dramatic take on 'The Year of Magical Thinking' finds poetry in grieving
By Lindsay Christians, 77 Square, June 30, 2014

APT's 'The Year of Magical Thinking' is no trick but the genuine article
By Dave Begel,, June 29, 2014.



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