Sage Theatre



By Joan Didion

Starring Karen Johnson-Diamond | Directed by Jason Mehmel

The Year of Magical Thinking is novelist and screenwriter Joan Didion’s account of the year following the death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, and her attempts to make sense of her grief while tending to the severe illness of her adopted daughter, Quintana. Didion’s brave report from the edge of grief is movingly and honestly expressed by award-winning actor Karen Johnson-Diamond, who was nominated for a 2019 Betty Mitchell Award for her role.

Length: 87 minutes, no intermission | Touring company: 1 actor and 1 crew

Rider available upon request | Available 2020-21 and beyond


“A difficult subject treated with as much warmth as insight.” “…it is the insights into grief that are funneled by these two women that make the evening so powerful, memorable and uplifting.” Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald

“This play is an incredible journey into the road of grief and one of the best written plays I have experienced (I had only read it before), and this production is starkly simple, honest, and full or revelations in an intimate setting with an extraordinary actress.” Playwright Crystal Skillman

“I felt like I blinked and an hour had passed and I had been swept away by Joan’s family story and was deep into thinking about…(my family)…what I have with them and what we’ll inevitably go through together as a family.” “Karen is so good I forgot it was Karen, the writing is so good I was completely drawn in. The play is really great…” Col Cseke, Artistic Director, Inside Out Theatre

Click here to watch the Global TV Interview with Karen Johnson-Diamond.


Premiered September 2018 as part of the Sage Theatre season (Motel Theatre, Arts Commons, Calgary)


By Joan Didion

Starring Karen Johnson-Diamond

Directed by Jason Mehmel

“The Year of Magical Thinking” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Photos by Jeff McDonald Photography

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