COUNTING DAYS

A Comic-Drama of Self-Discovery
"…solidly conceived theater. Kohler's writing is as full of well-developed recurring themes as a finely-tuned symphony."
Shepherd Express
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Four actors (1M, 3W). Diversity welcome.

Can books be an aid in a spiritual journey? Or do they become yet another form of escape? Katherine Mansfield mesmerized 1920s readers with her glamorous life and crystalline writing. Mary Kniesen, a contemporary, divorced empty-nester, becomes obsessed with Mansfield's journals. Snatches of the journals punctuate Mary’s flounderings until the spirit of Mansfield aids Mary on her journey of self-discovery — a journey that also includes some old friends, doctors, a watercolor teacher, a flamenco dancer, a handyman, and a travel agent. By play’s end, Mary begins to embrace her own bittersweet life experiences and takes steps toward acting for herself.

SET REQUIREMENTS
Simple, single unit set

RUN TIME
90 minutes

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Premiere Production:  Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee, WI - 1995
Readings:
   Avenue Theatre, NJ - 2006
   American Theater Company, Chicago, IL - 2001
   Chicago Dramatists, Chicago, IL - 1997
   Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL -1997

AWARDS
Best New Regional Play, American Theatre Critics Association - 1995
New Play Festival, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Finalist - 1995
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Nominee - 1995

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

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