The Year of Magical Thinking
From one of America’s most iconic writers, The Year of Magical Thinking is based on Didion’s stunning book of electric honesty and passion. It explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of marriage and parenthood, a life in good times and bad, that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost.
A professionally produced, fully staged performance will be filmed at ICTC's home, The Andrews Theatre, and will be available for streaming April 9th-25th, 2021.
Led by award-winning director Kyle LoConti, performed by Raíces Artistic Director, Victoria Pérez, and in partnership with Sea Marks' collaborators Pan-American Film Division, ICTC brings this modern parable to audiences during a time when it may resonate most.
Kate LoConti Alcocer, ICTC’s Executive Artistic Director, chose the play remarking, “The Year of Magical Thinking offers us an opportunity to ruminate on our own journeys through this most singular time. A time when we are readjusting our thinking on grief, loss, and gratitude.”
The Year of Magical Thinking will be available for Pay Per View On-Demand Streaming, April 9th-25th, 2021. Tickets are affordably priced between $15-$40, and will go on sale January 22nd, 2021, with live Zoom events for Opening nights, Talk Backs, and beyond.
“For a play about death and grief, the experience of “The Year of Magical Thinking” is remarkably serene. Perez relates the story with quiet, measured phrasing, pausing with the thoughtfulness of a writer, as if to select her next words with precision.”
Anthony Chase – The Buffalo News
Kyle LoConti, Director
LoConti is honored to be directing her first ICTC production. Awarded the title of Professor Emeritus, LoConti retired from a distinguished career at Niagara County Community College, where she served as Chair of the Arts, Media & Technology Division, Coordinator of the Department of Theatre Arts and Director of the Tanzen Dance Company. In 2010 she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service. Active in the Buffalo Professional Theatre Community, LoConti served as the Literary Director of the Emanuel Fried New Play Workshop with Road Less Traveled Productions, where she is a member of the inaugural class of the RLTP ensemble. She was also Production Stage Manager for over a decade with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, and most recently, Director of numerous Buffalo theatre productions. Among her favorites are Stellaluna (Artvoice Artie Award - Outstanding Direction of a Musical 2017-18) at Theatre of Youth, Much Ado About Nothing (Buffalo Spree “Best of” Awards for Classical Theatre Production 2018) at Shakespeare in Delaware Park, 1984 (Buffalo Spree “Best of” Awards for Innovative Theatre Production 2019) at the Kavinoky Theatre, and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (nominated for 2020 Artie Award - Outstanding Direction of a Play) also at the Kavinoky Theatre. LoConti wants to thank the Irish Classical Theater Company for this opportunity, and her family for their constant love and support.
Victoria Pérez, Actress
Victoria Pérez is a multiple award-winning bilingual theatre artist with over 25 years of experience on the stage as a singer, actor, director, and writer. Hailing proudly from Puerto Rico and calling Buffalo, NY her home, she co-founded and is the Artistic Director of Raíces Theatre Company, the only Latino theatre company in WNY, dedicated to telling latino/latinx stories. She studied musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Other than making theatre, Victoria is also a Teaching Artist and is currently the lead Teaching Artist at Shea's Performing Arts Center. She recently had the honor of Assistant Directing Marco Antonio Rodríguez’ world premiere adaptation of La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao at New York’s Spanish Repertory Theatre, and up next will be directing for Lehman College in the Bronx, NY. In Buffalo, she has performed and directed with almost every theatre company including: Road Less Traveled, Ujima, Subversive, Musicalfare, Kavinoky, O'Connell and Co, Buffalo United Artist, and New Phoenix. She is an avid believer in the power of storytelling and is ecstatic to tell this story on the Irish Classical stage.
ICTC Production Team
Kyle LoConti Director
Greg Natale Producer/Production Manager/1st AD
Michelle Eisen Production Stage Manager
Reneé Radzavich Associate Producer/ASM
Sal Natale Video Technical Advisor
Katie Mallinson Dramaturg
Jessica Wegrzyn Set and Costume Designer
Jayson Clark Lighting Designer
Tom Makar Sound Designer
Susan Drozd Hair/Make-Up Designer
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The Making of “The Year of Magical Thinking” – Thursday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Featuring members of Pan-American Film Division and ICTC’s Production Team, learn more about creating a digital production from the experts!
Creating a Character* – Thursday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Featuring Actress Victoria Pérez, Director Kyle LoConti, Dramaturg Katie Mallinson, and ASL Interpreter Kate Shaver, join us for our discussion on how to bring a character from page-to stage-to screen.
*Talk Back will be ASL-interpreted
Behind the Scenes of the Magic – Sunday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. EST
Featuring the brilliant Designers of “The Year of Magical Thinking,“ we’ll share how set, costumes, make-up, lighting, and sound create the world of the production!
All Talk Backs are free and open to the public; no need to register. Zoom links will be sent out on the day-of eblast, and posted to the Irish Classical Theatre Company Facebook page.
If an ASL interpreter is needed for the events on April 15th or 25th, please make a request in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org