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Forget About Tomorrow
March 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, repeating until March 25, 2018
An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 25, 2018
An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 25, 2018
An event every week that begins at 2:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until March 25, 2018
In 2014, Spirit of the West singer John Mann publicly revealed his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. What most people didn’t know, however, was that his wife, Jill Daum, had started writing a play based on their experience with the disease.
The result, Forget About Tomorrow, is a dramatic comedy that weaves together the experiences of Jane, Tom, and their two adult children in the months following Tom’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Each family member struggles with their own fears, questions, memories, and purposes, and the family’s unity is put into peril when Jane questions her loyalty to a man who will ultimately forget her name.
When Daum first started writing the play, Mann was eager to contribute. The last two songs he ever wrote were for the play.
“Working on the music was as cathartic for him as writing the words were for me,” says Daum. “And finding the humour together was a healing endeavour.”
Daum adds, “I’ve never understood why anyone would want to slow down and stare at an accident. I avert my eyes from that kind of hardship. What I want to gaze at, long and hard, is someone surviving hardship and overcoming their adversity. I find that healing and helpful. As I met with other women who were dealing with this shit storm of a disease, I became more and more committed to constructing the narrative of a family struggling to find their acceptance of such a cruel diagnosis.”
Craig Erickson, who plays Tom, says, “Being brought into the brave and specific world of the caregiver that Jill Daum has deftly created in Forget About Tomorrow is an artistic thrill. To specifically play Tom, whose creation is inspired by one of this country’s great artists, Jill’s husband John Mann, is a deep honour that necessarily informs each and every performance.”
Forget About Tomorrow is the Arts Club’s 13th Silver Commissions Project produced since the new play development program was established in 2006.