About This Show

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 Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Arena’s 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.

Show Details

Dates: Opening Night: October 7, 2016 Final Performance: November 20, 2016

Theatermania Review

| | October 24, 2016
Arena Stage produces a Joan Didion play.

You Might Also Like

Hazardous Materials

Performances begin: November 3, 2023

Something Moving: A Meditation on Maynard

Performances begin: September 22, 2023

Save 20%!

Swept Away

Performances begin: November 25, 2023

Tempestuous Elements

Performances begin: February 16, 2024