Open to the public!
With “The Year of Magical Thinking,” Joan Didion seeks to give us a lesson in survival.
The play is a monologue based on Didion’s 2005 book of the same name about coping with the abrupt death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne. The piece goes beyond that memoir to explore the subsequent loss of the couple’s daughter at the age of 39, which occurred shortly before the book was published.
As the play begins, Didion tells us about the night when, while she was preparing dinner, her husband suddenly died at the table. We might think the events she is describing won’t happen to us, but she assures us they will. She wants us to be better prepared than she was. At the same time, she suggests that such preparation is impossible.
It is a profound exploration of the reality of death and of how one woman’s mind struggled to cope with it. It is fascinating as a meditator to hear how her mind works in this very challenging time.
The evening will consist of listening to Vanessa Redgrave's performance of this piece, and a half hour to share reactions/realizations from it.
WATCHING EVENT VIA ZOOM
TUES. JAN 4, 2022, (7:00-9:00PM)
The event has no charge/no suggested donation.
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