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Be Magically Transported at Lost Nation Theater with Year of Magical Thinking
Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier’s resident professional company, is weaving a spell of theatrical magic, September 6 -23, with The Year of Magical Thinking, Joan Didion’s stage adaptation of her best-selling, National Book Award-winning memoir. The play, premiered on Broadway in 2007 starring Vanessa Redgrave, and has since enjoyed productions all over the world. It is a transcendent experience.
Kathleen Keenan, LNT’s Producing Artistic Director, will direct the production and she has cast veteran actor Janis Stevens in this deeply poignant solo performance work, a study of untamable grief as the very basis for a newfound, transcendental resilience. Told with humor, eloquent language and searing candor, The Year of Magical Thinking is an inspiring story of hope and moving forward. It is truly magical. Performances run Thursdays - Sundays for three weeks, Sept 6—23, at Montpelier’s City Hall Arts Center.
Janis Stevens has received rave reviews for her portrayals of such luminaries as Vivien Leigh and Maria Callas in productions in California and New York City. Her ability to portray both the strength and vulnerability of these famous women earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance in 2006. One writer said, “Stevens deftly wends her way through a minefield of depression, mania, love, hate, frustration and fury with amazing alacrity and compound talent.” Another credits her with “a passionate and absolutely flawless performance”. In 2010, Ms. Stevens received a Bay Area Theatre Critics nomination for her portrayal of the title role in Becoming Julia Morgan---a pioneering California architect. She has also played such legendary Shakespearean heroines as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra, as well as the comic Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. She is an actress of extraordinary range and depth.
Lost Nation Theater is thrilled to have Ms. Stevens return for this role. A role that could have been written just for her! Previously for LNT, she starred in Vivien (a portrait of Vivien Leigh) and The Glass Menagerie.
Didion is considered a “New Journalist” writer, a style that has been described as “creative non-fiction, intimate journalism, or literary non-fiction” a genre in which writers allow themselves to not merely describe the facts of a given situation, but also to share their personal subjective experience of the conditions they are reporting on. Thus, in “The Year of Magical Thinking”, Didion does not spare herself in describing the impossibility of her acceptance of her husband’s sudden death. Didion’s readers have gone out of their way, accosting her in airports and during her speaking engagements, to tell her how her work has inspired them with hope, and the possibility of finding renewal in their own lives.
The play is captivating, dynamic and compelling. The events related so intense and sometimes ludicrous, that if you didn’t know the story was true – you wouldn’t believe it could all happen to one family. Critics rave “...riveting theater from the first word to the last... Didion’s writing is so exceptional that I found myself hanging on very word … simply excellent” – The Examiner; “blazing performance of light and shadow, insight and compassion that is simply too good to miss ...empowering...a tour-de-force performance.” – Broadway World
The Year of Magical Thinking has been praised as “a remarkable story of loss, grief, and renewal that explores our capacity to emerge strengthened from even the most shattering of life’s trials.”
Creating the magic with Ms. Stevens and Keenan for Lost Nation Theater’s production with set designer Casey Covey, lighting designer Wendy Stevens, properties and stage-management by Kris Weir, with Ms Stevens costume provided by Vermont Trading Company. You will be transported.
See it! Thursdays through Sundays, Sept 6 –23, 2012. Previewing Thursday Sept 6, and opens officially on Friday Sept 7, with a preshow reception. Curtain is: 7pm Thursdays; 8pm Fridays & Saturdays; 7pm Sundays—except the final Sun. Sept 23, which is at 2pm. Additionally, there is a 2pm matinee Sat Sept 8.
Tickets: $30 Fri—Sun; $25 Thu; Special $15 Preview Thu Sept. 6 and Sat Mat Sept. 8. Students & seniors: $5 Off.
This show is not suitable for children. (Infants & Toddlers not admitted.)
For tickets & information: call 802-229-0492, or visit lostnationtheater.org
City Hall Arts Center (39 Main Street Montpelier) is wheel chair accessible. LNT offers assisted listening and large print programs. Service dogs always welcome. Please inform the box office of any special needs when purchasing tickets.
Due to the limited availability of translators and describers, LNT requires 3 weeks notice to arrange for ASL interpretation or audio-description for performances not scheduled for translation.
Lost Nation Theater: Sponsored by National Life Group, Capitol Copy, City of Montpelier, WDEV, Vermont Arts Council, The Times Argus, New England Culinary Institute, The Point-FM, Eternity Web, plus support from Capitol Stationers, The World, and The Northfield Inn.