by Joan Didion

June 4 through June 26

Preview performance: Friday, June 3

“This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it happens to you…”

In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, which The New York Times called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief… a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage,” Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.

“The passion lies underneath… this quirky, defiantly literary play… Her writing sounds like an out-of-body experience.” – Washington Post

“The play shares the book’s rigorous, transcendent intensity. It also shares its author’s unmistakable diction and rhythms… it’s dazzling: suspenseful, precise, suffused with terribly won wisdom.” – Time Out Chicago


Wednesday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday 7 p.m.

Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. 

Saturday 8 p.m.

Sunday 2 p.m. 


Ticket holders can enjoy the show in person or via stream from a location of their choosing. Streaming of The Year of Magical Thinking  will be available from June 8th through June 26th. Those interested in streaming should purchase a ticket to a specific performance to receive a streaming link for that date/time. The streaming will begin at the same time as the show. It will not be on demand.

TICKETS $35-$65

Tickets start at $35, with discounts available for artists, veterans and Biltmore Hotel members. Groups of 10+ receive $8 off each ticket and receive one additional ticket free-of-charge. Subscribers receive the best seats at the best prices. Subscriptions are still available. Visit online at, by phone at (305) 445-1119 or email at

The Year of Magical Thinking
By Joan Didion

The Year Of Magical Thinking runs for 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. 

STARRING Sara Morsey*


Director Bari Newport #

Production Stage Manager Katie Ellison*

Audience Engagement Katie Christie


Scenic & Projection Designer
Frank J. Oliva^

Sound Designer Matt Corey

Lighting Designer Tony Galaska

Costume Designer Camilla Haith

Sound Engineer Andre Best
Dramaturg Sammy Heroux

Production Manager Kristen Pieski

Senior Project Manager, Bombshell Productions Monique Dalley

Assistant Stage Manager & Run Crew
Emy Herrera

House Manager
Constanza Celsi

Film Streaming Director
Alexandru Gherman

Video Camera Operator
Magnus Stark

Lucian Alexandrescu

 #Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States

^Member of the United Scenic Artists.

Photos by ©Magnus Stark


  • There will be a brief Pre-Show Presentation by a Psychologist from the Solid Rock Foundation Healing Help. They will also be available after the show in the Cafe if anyone would like to connect. 


 (305) 445-1119

Starring Sara Morsey*

Photo by Niall McGinty, Felix Photography

Sara Morsey *(AEA, SAG/AFTRA) has enjoyed a career of over thirty years in professional regional theatre. She is a member of The Ensemble of Actors at Florida Repertory Theatre and enjoyed a long association with The Hippodrome Theatre in Florida. Recent credits include “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “The Little Foxes,” “Other Desert Cities,” “The Year of Magical Thinking,” “August: Osage County,” “Ripcord” (directed by Bari Newport at Penobscot Theatre and by V. Craig Heidenreich at The Hippodrome). Sara has appeared at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and at The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as in several independent films and regional theatres across the United States. She has an MFA from The University of Louisville.


Bari Newport (Director & Producing Artistic Director)

Bari joined GableStage as Producing Artistic Director in April 2021. She came to Miami from the Penobscot Theatre Company in Bangor, Maine, where she served as Artistic Director for nine seasons. Previously, she was artistic associate at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, artistic associate/literary manager at the Pasadena Playhouse, associate producer at Horizon Theatre and associate director of Florida Repertory Theatre. As a producer, Newport has been responsible for the creation and stabilization of a wide range of artistic initiatives, including extensive work in new play development, education and community engagement. 

While leading Penobscot – which serves 40,000 people each season – Newport doubled the budget in eight years; pro- duced five world premieres; created a partnership with the Penobscot Nation, with whom she developed two large-scale NEA-supported projects; and fully funded the company’s endowment. She kept her entire staff of 15 employed during the pandemic and produced an innovative season that included 17 newly commissioned digital proj ects. 

Her work as a director and actor has been seen at Horizon Theatre Company, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, American Stage, Cumberland County Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Westport Country Playhouse and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. She earned her BFA from the University of Southern California and MFA from the University of Iowa. Bari is a 20 year member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Actor’s Equity Association.

Bari by Magnus Stark
Photo by Magnus Stark


Joan Didion 

Born in California and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Joan Didion (1934-2021) spent her adult life in New York and Los Angeles. Winner of the 2005 National Book Award and finalist of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, “The Year of Magical Thinking” is one of 13 books by Joan Didion.

Her other books include “Play It As It Lays,” “Democracy,” “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” “TheWhite Album,” “Salvador,” “Miami” and “Political Fictions.”

With her husband, John Gregory Dunne, she wrote the screenplays for such pictures as “The Panic in Needle Park” with Al Pacino, “True Confessions” with Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall, “A Star Is Born” with Barbra Streisand and “Up Close & Personal” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford.

She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded her its 2005 Gold Medal in nonfiction. She also received the 1996 Edward MacDowell Medal, the 1999 Columbia Journalism Award and the 2002 George Polk Book Award. She contributed to various periodicals, most frequently “The New York Review of Books.”


Joan Didion


As COVID is once again causing cancellations of performances and due to the intimate nature of our theatre space and for the safety of our actors, staff, crew and you, we will be keeping our mask mandate in place until further notice. Patrons will be required to keep masks on their faces while inside the theatre space.
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