January 23— February 18, 2018
by Jill Daum with music by John Mann
Directed by Michael Shamata
A tender re-imagining of a life together. Forget About Tomorrow is a play about a family – a loving family in crisis. When Jane’s husband Tom begins having trouble with his memory, she goes into denial: “you’re over-tired”…“your anxiety is making it worse”…“the doctor doesn’t think it’s anything serious”… But it is. At age 50, Tom has early-onset Alzheimer’s. The play – at times extremely funny and always deeply moving – is Jane’s long and reluctant journey to accepting her husband’s fate, and the new role that she is expected to play.
Why I Chose This Play
Jill is one of the original creators and performers of Mom’s the Word. I have known her since the nineties. She invited me to a reading of this play two summers ago, and like everyone else there, I bawled my eyes out. Jill’s own life has been affected by this disease, and watching the way she cares for her beautiful man is astonishing. Featuring two gorgeous songs written by John Mann (lead singer, Spirit of the West), Forget About Tomorrow is a play about real people in a real-life situation. It is unexpected, moving, and also very funny. —Michael Shamata