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‘s New Plays in Progress in 2017 and City Lights Theater Company‘s New Play Reading Series in 2017.
About the Author
Lorraine Midanik was born in Toronto, raised in Los Angeles and lives in the Bay Area. After a career in academia, she became a playwright and studied with Anthony Clarvoe at Stagebridge in Oakland, California. Lorraine’s recent productions include: RECALCULATING (The Grateful Deadly, Playland Productions, Exit Theatre, 2018); SHOCK VALUE (Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco Playoffs, Exit Theater, 2017), UP THE WALL ($wampland Voices, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Exit Theatre, 2017); RECIPROCITY (Unknown Players, Cafe Stories, Phoenix Theater, 2017); CYCLED (ReproRights, 3Girls Theatre, 2017); BENCHED (Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco Playoffs 2016); BOY IMAGINED (ReproRights, 3Girls Theatre, 2016); FREEDOM OF SPEECH (PianoFight’s Shortlived Festival, 2016); THE REVOLUTION (PianoFight’s Shortlived Festival, 2015); BRANDING (San Francisco Theatre Pub, 2015); and, SPARSE PUBIC HAIR (Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco’s Sheherezade’s Last Tales Festival – 2015 The Stuart Excellence in Bay Area Theater Award and TBA’s Award for Outstanding Production of An Anthology). In July 2018, her full-length play JANUARY 23rd will have a staged reading at the B8 Theatre in Concord, California, and in October 2018 Lorraine’s play entitled CYCLED will be produced again by ReproRights at the B8 Theatre. Lorraine is a member of The Dramatists Guild; Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco, Theatre Bay Area (2015 ATLAS Playwright), and The International Centre for Women Playwrights.