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Back by popular demand: Keen Co's benefit broadcast of The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion starring Kathleen Chalfant to air May 13-16 ONLY
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 09:08 am EDT 05/09/21

Back By Popular Demand:

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning

Keen Company

Announces the

Benefit Re-Broadcast of

The Year of Magical Thinking

by Joan Didion

Starring Kathleen Chalfant

Directed by Jonathan Silverstein



This Presentation of The Year of Magical Thinking Is a Video-on-Demand Revival of the Original Livestream


Tickets Now On Sale!


Keen Company continues the 2020-'21 Season with the benefit re-broadcast of The Year of Magical Thinking adapted from Joan Didion's best-selling memoir and starring Kathleen Chalfant in a one-woman tour de force performance. This presentation, a video on demand revival of the original livestream which aired on March 13th, is available Thursday May 13th at 9am EST to Sunday May 16th at midnight EST.

Fundraiser tickets are just $25 and include an access to a pre-recorded talkback with Kathleen Chalfant and are available at www.keencompany.org. This presentation of The Year of Magical Thinking is a video on demand revival of the original live stream which aired to much acclaim on March 13th, 2021 and runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. The video presentation as well as the pre-recorded talkback are closed captioned. Text can be turned on using the CC icon on the bottom right on the screen. All ticket buyers will have access to The Year of Magical Thinking from Thursday May 13th at 9am EST to Sunday May 16th at midnight EST. Patrons will be emailed a private web link and password with their confirmation. The webpage and video on demand will be active from Thursday March 13th at 9am EST to Sunday March 16th at midnight EST.

Tickets to this and all fundraiser events this season will support Keen Company's Hear/Now audio theater season, as well as Keen's Playwrights Lab for mid-career writers, and Keen Teens which serves students in all five boroughs of NYC.

Adapted from Joan Didion's award-winning best-selling memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking explores the author's poignant journey of grief following concurrent and tragic personal events. Written with Didion's trademark style of cool wit and clever observation, along with a heartbreaking personal story, The Year of Magical Thinking is a moving and theatrical look at the extraordinary resilience of the human heart.

In a career spanning more than five decades, Kathleen Chalfant's performances on stage, screen and television have garnered her praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Perhaps best known for her shattering portrayal of Vivian Bearing, a scholar battling cancer, in Wit, she received the Obie, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, the Outer Critics Circle, the Ovation, Connecticut Critics Circle, the Garland and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for her work. Broadway credits include Angels in America (Tony and Drama Desk nom.), Racing Demon, Dance With Me. Her Off-Broadway credits include A Woman of the World, Wit (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Connecticut Critics Circle, Obie Awards), For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday, Keen Company's revival of A Walk in the Woods (Drama Desk nomination), Tales from Red Vienna, Miss Ovington & Dr. Du Bois, Talking Heads (Obie Award), Dead Man's Cell Phone, Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination), Henry V (Callaway Award). Other NY credits: The Vagina Monologues, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Endgame, Sister Mary Ignatius..., The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador. Film: Isn't it Delicious?, R.I.P.D., The Bath, In Bed With Ulysses, Lillian, Duplicity, The People Speak, Lackawanna Blues, Perfect Stranger, Dark Water, Kinsey, Laramie Project, Random Hearts, A Price Below Rubies, Murder and Murder. Select TV: Recurring on "The Affair," "The Strain," "The Americans," "House of Cards," "Rescue Me," "The Book of Daniel," "The Guardian," "Law and Order" "One Life to Live"; "Madam Secretary," "High Maintenance," "Elementary," "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" (HBO), "Georgia O'Keeffe" (Lifetime), "Voices from the White House" (PBS). Awards: 1996 OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence, 2004 Lortel Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the League of Professional Women. 2018 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has received the Drama League and Sidney Kingsley Awards for her body of work and hold an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Cooper Union.

The Year of Magical Thinking is part of a series of all-star benefit broadcasts, including Howard Koch's legendary adaptation of War of the Worlds which aired in October 2020 starring Jason Tam, Keen Company's Holiday Variety Hour which aired in December 2020 featuring Keen alumni, and Sorry, Wrong Number by Lucille Fletcher which aired earlier in February and starred Marsha Mason.

Keen Company is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater creating story-driven work that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, the company tells stories about the decisive moments that change us. Keen also runs a developmental new work initiative for mid-career playwrights and a unique educational outreach program for teens in all five boroughs of NYC.

As part of Keen Company's 21st Season, the company will be producing a year of audio theater. Hear/Now welcomes patrons into a theater of their imagination - now through June 2021 - featuring the world premiere of new audio plays by Pearl Cleage, Kate Cortesi, finkle, James Anthony Tyler, and musical team Melissa Li & Kit Yan.

All new audio plays will be released completely free for patrons on Keen Company's website as well as through popular podcast platforms. For early access and exclusive perks, support Keen Company by joining as a season member. Membership levels start at just $1 a month and bonus content, including talkbacks with playwrights and artists, panels with experts, behind the scenes interviews, digital programs, opening night premiere parties, and more. Look for Hear/Now on your podcast app and learn more about membership packages at www.keencompany.org.

For more information on The Year of Magical Thinking or any of Keen's programs, visit KeenCompany.org.
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