Part of the Lilian Hellman Festival
The Year of Magical Thinking
October 7 – November 20, 2016
By Joan Didion
Based on her memoir
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
"Richly affecting ... legitimately magical in it's own right."
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.
The Year of Magical Thinking is generously sponsored by Andrew R. Ammerman.
GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH