The Year Of Magical Thinking

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Booth Theater

222 West 45th Street


March 29, 2007

Broadway Play

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Wed & Sat 2pm

Tues - Sat 8pm

A One-Act Play

This production has brought one of the greatest actresses alive, back on the stage of Broadway. Vanessa Redgrave was last seen in 2003 on Broadway’s production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and this Tony Award and Academy Award winning actress has returned to Broadway after nearly four years to perform in a one-act play as Joan Didion. This play, written by Joan Didion, is based on her autobiographical memoir by the same name, and is about the aftermath of her husband’s death.

This is a tale of personal tragedy, of heart wrenching grief, and of the strength to go on. This Oscar nominee David Hare directed play was the most anticipated play this season, and is about that night in the life of Joan Didion, when her husband died of massive coronary in their apartment in New York. Her husband – John Gregory Dunne – was also a writer and they were married for 40years. This is a story of that unfathomable grief, as Didion lives through that fateful night.

The Writer

Joan Didion, the playwright, has written 13 books, of which The Year Of Magical Thinking won her the 2005 National Book Award. Her other well known books include Play It As It Lays, Democracy, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami and Political Fictions. She has co-written screenplays along with her husband for pictures starring great actors, such as The Panic in Needle Park with Al Pacino, True Confessions with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, A Star Is Born with Barbra Streisand and Up Close & Personal with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford.

The Performer

Vanessa Redgrave, of course, needs no introduction. In her last appearance on Broadway before The Year Of Magical Thinking, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Her other Broadway appearances include Tennessee Williams’ Orpheus Descending (the revival), and Ibsen’s The Lady From the Sea. She has performed in a number of Off-Broadway productions, including Anthony and Cleopatra, which she also directed.

The Venue

The Year Of Magical Thinking premiered at the Booth Theater on March 6, 2007 for a very limited engagement of 24 weeks, opened on March 29, 2007, and is scheduled to close on June 30. Designed by architect Henry B. Hertz, the Booth Theater was named after the actor, Edwin Booth. Edwin Booth was the brother of John Wilkes Booth – the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Booth Theater, which was built as a partnership between Lee Shubert and Winthrop Ames, the producer, opened on October 16, 1913, and after renovations and restorations in 1979, has 766 seats, including 502 in the orchestra and 252 in the mezzanine.

The Tickets

Tickets for The Year Of Magical Thinking are in high demand, first because of Vanessa Redgrave, and secondly because of its very limited run.

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