When: Fri., May 28, 8 p.m., Sat., May 29, 8 p.m., Thu., June 3, 4-5:30 p.m., Fri., June 4, 8-9:30 p.m., Sat., June 5, 6-7:30 p.m., Sun., June 6, 2 p.m., Wed., June 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Thu., June 10, 8-9:30 p.m., Fri., June 11, 6-7:30 p.m. and Sat., June 12, 8-9:30 p.m. 2010
Joan Didion's best-selling memoir recounts an almost unfathomable period in her life as she grappled with her husband's sudden death and daughter's illness. Part of Piccolo Spoleto Festival.
Under the spotlight
For those who aren't sure how one woman's story, told by a single actor onstage, could hold the attention of an audience for 90 minutes, this is the show to watch. This theatrical rendition of Joan Didion's memoir about the year when she dealt with both her husband's unexpected death and her daughter's tragic series of hospitalizations is mesmerizing. There is the simple humanity of the story — these are things that we all deal with, in some manner, at some point in our lives — coupled with a fascinating exploration of how the mind copes with pain and grief.
Get inside her mind
It is an understatement to say that Joan Didion is quite the writer. This inside look at the workings of her mind during a troubled time is illuminating. There is unexpected humor as well as a fierce intellectual pride and determination to remain in control even when control is swept away.
Lucille Arrington Keller gave a superb performance in an earlier PURE Theatre run of this show, earning accolades across the board in local reviews. This production is not only a tribute to the raw power of the original memoir and theater adaptation but also to the top tier talent we have locally.
Jason A. Zwiker