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The Year of Magical Thinking

Dates: July 19-Aug 11, 2019
Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission
Location: The Falls Theatre

In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which The New York Times called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief…a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage”), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.

How Joan Didion the Writer Became Joan Didion the Legend

Watch the beautiful and insightful documentary Joan Didion:The Center Will Not Hold, on Netflix.

Amy Thone, Joan Didion

Creative Team
Sheila Daniels, Director
Catherine Cornell, Scenic Designer
Constanza Romano, Costume Designer
Robert Aguilar, Lighting Designer
Erin Bednarz, Sound Designer
Melia Watras, Music Director/Composer
Ruth Eitemiller, Stage Manager
Tori Thompson, Production Assistant

July 23 | 6:00 pm 
Behind the Scenes with Classical King FM
Get closer to the artists with Classical KING FM’s Sean MacLean as he interviews the creative minds behind the shows.

July 25 | 6:00 pm
Red Carpet Opening Night
Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne and be a part of the excitement on Opening Night!

July 28 (evening) and August 6 | after the show
Facilitated conversations after the performance with members of the audience about the themes of the play. 

August 1 (evening) | 6:00 pm
Deep Dive
A series of performances, lectures, or panel discussions that allow you to dig deeper into the themes of the play before the performance. 

July 30, August 4 (evening), and 10 (matinee) | after the show
Cast Chats*
Conversations with cast members following the performance.

(*Subject to change)

Friday, August 9

Note: the ASL by the actors is delivered primarily toward seating section C in the theatre.

Age & Content Considerations: Contains adult themes.

ACT believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We don’t create age restrictions but do our best to offer content advisories for each show. For detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please contact

“The passion lies underneath…this quirky, defiantly literary play…Her writing sounds like an out-of-body experience.”
—Washington Post

“This play is a meditation on how quickly life can change. Something I’ve been thinking about over the last few years. It happens to all of us, but there are few artists who have had the ability to dig so deeply and show us the truth of our common experience in a new light.”
—John Langs

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