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Stage production of Joan Didion's 'The Year of Magical Thinking' makes its Los Angeles premiere at Mount Saint Mary’s University

Contact:Phillip Jordan

Los Angeles / Aug. 20, 2013 — "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion is a stage adaptation of the California-born writer's Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir on the untimely deaths of her husband John Gregory Dunne and their daughter Quintana Roo.

This September, the critically praised production makes its L.A. premiere starring Janis Stevens, a Drama Desk Award Nominee. "The Year of Magical Thinking" will be presented at Mount Saint Mary’s University's Doheny Campus for two weekends only, Sept. 20-22 and 27-29.

For tickets, call 213.477.2868 or order online:

Didion's script is poetic in its bluntness, its seeming detachment and its unavoidable truth. Yet, as director Ray Tatar notes: "Although the main focus of this play is on Didion's struggle with grief, it does not mean there aren't any laughs. Her experience includes odd flashes of humor and insight."

On stage alone in this one-person play, Stevens captures how Didion managed to persevere in the midst of crushing grief. Stevens, a member of Actors Equity, has performed "The Year of Magical Thinking" for more than a year, garnering praise from coast to coast.

"Stevens employs a charged intensity as she moves among the hallmarks of grief: shock, fury, tears, denial, a temporary insanity." Times Argus (Montpellier, Vt.)

"Stevens gives yet another outstanding performance." Sacramento News and Review (Sacramento, Calif.)


What: "The Year of Magical Thinking" by Joan Didion. A California Stage production starring Janis Stevens.

Where: Mount Saint Mary’s University / Doheny Campus, Donohue Center
10 Chester Place, Los Angeles, 90007

Show times: Sept. 20-21 & 27-28 at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 & 29 at 2 p.m. No late seating.

Cost: $20 general admission; $15 students and military. Free parking.

To purchase tickets: 213.477.2868 or


About Mount Saint Mary’s University
Founded in 1925, Mount Saint Mary’s University is a Catholic, liberal arts college offering undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The mission of Mount Saint Mary’s University is to provide a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others.

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