The Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater and Valley Players present Ordinary Day by Lorraine Midanik for six performances on October 5 through 14 at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in Yountville. Fridays and Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 2pm.
Memory problems, sleeping pills, and an agreement swirl around the lives of Henry and Maggie as they struggle with their future in this world premiere by Bay Area Playwright, Lorraine Midanik. Sharp writing laced with wit and poignancy make this original work a don’t-miss event!
Maggie and Henry’s long-term marriage struggles because of the challenges of Henry’s Alzheimer’s disease. From his continuous middle-of-the-night calls to plumbers because the “toilet is talking” to Henry’s inability to be left alone, Maggie continues to be a supportive partner despite its impact on her physical and emotional health. Frustrated that the recently passed physician-assisted suicide laws do not apply to Henry, Maggie and Henry have made a pact to allow him to die on his own terms when Henry can no longer remember Maggie’s name. When that time arrives, on an ordinary day when Henry feels strong enough to go through with his plans, Maggie cannot accept their agreement. Amid an intrusive daughter who wants to help but will no longer let her children see their grandfather, sleeping pills that are becoming harder to get, and worsening memory problems, Maggie navigates the fine line between enabling her husband to carry out his end-of-life decision and her own need to be with him for just a little while longer.
Ordinary Day was workshopped at Central Works in Berkeley in 2016 and received a staged reading at the Playwrights Center of San Francisco Reading Series in 2017. It was a semi-finalist for the Athena Project in 2017 and City Lights in 2017.