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The Play Company's Fall Benefit featuring
Notes on My Mother's Decline
Written by Andy Bragen & Directed by Knud Adams
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 6:30PM

Next Door at NYTW
Fourth Street Theatre
79 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

Ticket includes special performance of Notes on My Mother's Decline, post-show conversation and reception. All proceeds support PlayCo's productions and artist programs. ($250 of this ticket purchase is tax-deductible.)


Late at night, while his baby daughter sleeps, a son makes notes on his mother’s daily life and scenes from their complicated relationship. He is shaping a play, and a perspective. Two blocks away, his mother naps, and smokes, and reads, and drinks coffee. She is shaping her existence within encroaching confines. This New York story asks how we come to know one another as parents and as children. How do we care for those we love, and what does it take to live with – and without – them?


Jane Gross was a reporter for Sports Illustrated and Newsday before joining The New York Times in 1978. Her twenty-nine-year tenure there included national assignments as well as coverage of aging. In 2008, she launched a blog for the Times called The New Old Age, which ran for seven years. She received a 2008 GLAAD Media Award for her article in the Times, "Aging and Gay, and Facing Prejudice in Twilight.” When she found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to the demands on her time and psyche, she learned valuable and important lessons. Her 2011 book, A Bittersweet Season, shares her frustrating, heartbreaking, enlightening, and ultimately redemptive journey. Gross has taught journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Columbia University, and was the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship. She lives in New York City.


Following the performance and post-show conversation, please join the artists, PlayCo staff, and fellow audience members for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe. Located two blocks from theatre at 345 E 6th Street, on the corner of 6th Street and 1st Avenue.

Visit PlayCo.org for more info.


The Fourth Street Theatre is located on East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue in Manhattan. The nearest subway stations are 8th Street-NYU via the R/W, Broadway-Lafayette Street via the B/D/F/M (wheelchair accessible station), and Astor Place via the 6 train.


The Fourth Street Theatre is not an ADA-compliant venue. However, we do our best to accommodate all theatre guests.

***The only entrance to the theatre is up a flight of eight stairs from the street level. Restrooms are located on the lower level down a flight of stairs. Fully accessible restrooms are available on the street level in NYTW’s adjacent venue. For more information about accessibility at New York Theatre Workshop, please visit the NYTW site.

For any questions, please contact Development Associate Joey Nasta at jnasta@playco.org, or by calling 212-398-2977.