Radio Hall of Famer Dayna Steele and award-winning director Marley Singletary present The Woman in the Mirror, a dark and uplifting comedy adapted from Steele‘s book, Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook and a Really Big Glass of Wine. For the play's premiere, Steele will star as herself along with Chris King playing the role of best friend, confidant, stage manager, shoulder to cry on, and voice of reason. The play is a dose of therapy and sanity along with laughter and wine because when it comes to Alzheimer's if you don't laugh, you'll cry. Produced by Blue Squirrel Productions, the play will run from November 4th, 2021, until November 14th at MATCH, Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, located at 3400 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002.
In her best-selling memoir, Steele candidly chronicled her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s on Facebook with unfiltered observations and dark humor. Now, audiences will be met with Steele’s signature refreshing honesty laced with biting humor that stands testament to her personal strength and resiliency in the face of extraordinary and unexpected circumstances. This is a story about surviving Alzheimer’s while keeping your humor and sanity intact. When her mother, Fran Nicholson, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, Steele began posting Facebook messages detailing the family’s alarming and shocking struggles, which turned into a therapeutic support and information community encompassing thousands of followers. As a continuation of her humor and raw emotion in navigating a heartbreaking Alzheimer’s journey, The Woman in the Mirror is a living caregiver’s manual for navigating the disease from diagnosis through the inevitable end, and it does so with love, laughter, wit and wine.
Steele extends her compassion for helping families better understand critical issues associated with Alzheimer’s care by incorporating interviews with experts in neurology, long-term care insurance, caregiving, documentation, elder care legal issues and assisted living. “Throughout my mother’s Alzheimer’s journey, I needed to live, laugh, love, cry and even rage at the disease,” said Steele. “Through this project, the audience is given permission to have those same fluctuating emotions and also to benefit from practical information and the insights offered by subject matter experts.”
The Woman in the Mirror is written and directed for the stage by Marley Singletary and is co-produced by Steele, Singletary, and public relations professional Melissa Stevens, whose husband succumbed to Alzheimer’s in 2010.
Each performance will be followed by a short Q&A session with Dayna and area Alzheimer’s experts that may include a doctor, nurse, professional caregiver, elder law attorney, assisted living expert, and more. Dayna will also be signing books in the lobby after each the Q&A. The show runs 75 minutes with no intermission. To purchase tickets, visit thewomaninthemirrorplay.com.
The performance schedule is as follows:
- Thursday, November 4th at 8:00pm
- Friday, November 5th at 8:00pm
- Saturday, November 6th at 2:00pm
- Saturday, November 6th at 8:00pm
- Sunday, November 7th at 2:00pm
- Tuesday, November 9th at 8:00pm
- Wednesday, November 10th at 8:00pm
- Thursday, November 11th at 8:00pm
- Friday, November 12th at 8:00pm
- Saturday, November 13th at 2:00pm
- Saturday, November 13th at 8:00pm
- Sunday, November 14th at 2:00pm