New York City
The Designated Daughter is being presented by the Marsh San Francisco as part of the Reimagine End of Life festival, a citywide exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Every family has one: the dutiful child who stays behind shouldering familial responsibilities. Victoria Podesta wasn’t that daughter. However, when her elderly mother moves in — wreaking comic chaos, forcing a painful confrontation with a buried past, and prompting the search for the perfect pajamas — she has one last chance to build a bond of truth and love. The result is a haunting, beautiful, and ultimately uplifting show about caregiving for a dying parent that asks: What do the living owe the dying? Moreover, what do the dying truly bequeath the living? Postshow talkbacks, featuring experts in everything from caregiver educators to authors, will be offered throughout the run.