THE SOCIAL DRAMA ‘A DAY FOR GRACE’ TO KICK-OFF NATIONAL TOUR IN AUGUST WITH DOUG VINCENT AND SAM LLANAS TO REPRISE THEIR ROLES

Doug Vincent (foreground right) and his altruistic co-hort Sam Llanas (background left) are at it again with a new run of A Day For Grace. Photo by Matthew Staver

Doug Vincent (foreground right) and his altruistic co-hort Sam Llanas (background left) are at it again with a new run of A Day For Grace. Photo by Matthew Staver

Boulder, CO, June 17 — Boulder StoryHealers has confirmed that A Day for Grace (ADFG), the social drama written and performed by Doug Vincent with music by rock icon Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans) will kick-off its National Tour in August 2013 with stops in Berryville, VA, August 18; Denver, CO, August 29; Milwaukee, WI, September 5-8, and Chicago, IL, September 11-13, before its return to New York City’s Stage Left Studio, September 19-22. Tickets can be purchased through each venue’s website or at http://www.adayforgraceshow.com.

Infused with humor, A Day for Grace is a heartwarming story of hope and triumph over adversity. The play recounts the emotional roller-coaster true journey of playwright Doug Vincent — a father-to-be — as he chases parental shadows from his tumultuous youth in small town Virginia to find the light for his unborn child.

Llanas shares the stage with Vincent, performing his soulful music that underscores the 10 different characters Vincent portrays and serves as the drama’s emotional touchstones and enthralling Greek Chorus. “It’s almost impossible to watch the play without marveling at the obvious synchronicity inherent in this collaboration,” says director Gary Tanin. “The unique mechanism of interplay between the songs and monologue is mesmerizing.”

The synergistic collaboration between Vincent and Llanas came about when Vincent, who had already written the play, sought out Llanas to discuss writing music for the work. Serendipitously, the two discovered that nearly every song from Llanas’ 1998 solo album A Good Day to Die perfectly mirrored each scene in the play. The haunting music was exactly what was needed for an intricately woven tale that shifts back and forth between present day events and ghosts of the past.

The play unfolds when unforeseen complications during his daughter’s birth propel Vincent’s emotions to pour out of him as he confronts the demons of his youth: from little league angst and campfire stories to the dysfunctional family dynamic and the relationship with his alcoholic and suicidal father.

Ten years in the making, Vincent was able to complete the play only after the birth of his daughter, Grace. The play served as a way for Vincent to find healing after his own father’s suicide. Llanas wrote the songs to A Good Day to Die 14 years earlier after the suicide of his brother. Coincidently, every person involved with the production has lost a family member to suicide.

Bravely and compassionately, A Day for Grace touches on many contemporary social issues –- bullying, alcoholism, addiction, dysfunctional families and mental illness — all proven risk factors that can lead to suicide.

“It is the hope that A Day for Grace and its message of hope, healing and triumph over adversity can continue to be shared with the widest audience possible,” Vincent says. “We set September tour dates to coincide with National Suicide Awareness Month; the optimal time to showcase how those suicide has left behind grasp to heal from the indelible mark it leaves.”

A Day for Grace had its initial limited engagement run in 2012, where it played to sold-out audiences in Boulder, Denver, Chicago and New York City with rave reviews.

This fall, with multiple performance weeks scheduled in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York plus a producers showcase, a re-tooled A Day for Grace is primed to take Vincent and Llanas’ message of hope to the national stage.

National Tour 2013:

Berryville, VA – August 18th at The Barns of Rose Hill

Denver, CO – August 29th at Avenue Theatre

Milwaukee, WI – September 5-8th at Next Act Theatre

Chicago, IL – September 11-13th at Stage 773

New York City, NY – September 16-22 at Stage Left Studio

Links:

http://www.adayforgraceshow.com

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/absinthe-good-day-to-die-feat./id491123922

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/4-a.m.-the-way-home/id468901651 http://www.facebook.com/DougVincentadayforgraceshow

Produced by Boulder StoryHealers, a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, a nonprofit charity under Section 501(c)3, A Day for Grace was developed at Stage Left Studio in New York City. Boulder StoryHealers conducts monologue workshops for people affected by trauma, illness, and adversity, and helps them write, perform and share their stories with live audiences.

For media inquiries contact: Abbe Sparks, Press Agent @ abbe@abbesparksmediarelations.com or 224.567.9166

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Now, for you who are curious about this show, and for those who have been reading my posts about the play, here are some tidbits and factoids to further pique your interest…

THE INSIDE SCOOP

Did you know..

• A Day for Grace (ADFG) tells the inspirational true story about playwright/actor Doug Vincent’s life.

• The play recounts Doug’s emotional roller-coaster journey into first-time fatherhood, shifting back and forth between present day events and ghosts of the past.

• Most of the music in A Day for Grace was written years before the show came into being by roots rock legend Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans).

• In 1998, Sam Llanas released a solo album called A Good Day to Die. The album is profound and haunting, and expresses the pain and confusion surrounding the suicide of Sam’s brother.

• When Doug contacted Sam about creating some music for the show, both artists were shocked to discover that Sam had already written music for the show – he’d just done it 14 years earlier.

• From songs about bullying to addiction and recovery, each song complements a scene from the play perfectly. It’s almost impossible to watch the show without marveling at the obvious synchronicity inherent in this collaboration.

• A Day for Grace is the autobiographical story of hope, healing and triumph over adversity.

• Jessica is the name of Doug’s wife.

• Jessica had unforeseen complications during the birth of their daughter, propelling Doug’s emotions to pour out of him.

• Grace is the daughter of Doug and Jessica Vincent.

• Doug Vincent portrays 10 different characters.

• The unforeseen complications during his daughter’s birth cause Doug to revisit his past and confront everything from Little League angst and campfire stories to dysfunctional family life and his relationship with an alcoholic/suicidal father.

• The small Virginia town of Berryville is where Doug grew up.

• The childhood idol of actor Doug Vincent as portrayed in the play was baseball legend Johnny Bench.

• The true idol of actor Doug Vincent was his father. Doug’s father was an alcoholic and suicidal.

• Every member of the A Day for Grace production team has lost a family member to suicide.

• Sports played an important role in Doug’s childhood .

• The social drama opened in 2012 to sold-out audiences and rave reviews in Boulder, Denver, Chicago and New York.

• A Day for Grace is produced by Boulder StoryHealers, a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, a nonprofit charity under Section 501(c)3.

• A Day for Grace was developed at Stage Left Studio in New York City. It took Doug 10 years to complete the play, which he was able to do only after the birth of his daughter, Grace.

• Writing the play served as a way for Doug to find healing after his own father’s suicide.

• Sam Llanas wrote the songs to A Good Day to Die 14 years earlier after the suicide of his brother.

• A Day For Grace showcases how those suicide has left behind grasp to heal from the indelible mark it leaves.

ADDITIONAL AUTHOR’S EDITORIAL:  An aspect of this play, a contributing factor towards Jack Vincent’s suicide, was the fact that Jack Vincent suffered from chronic back pain.  Jack Vincent would drink to attempt to dull the pain.  As the play progresses, Doug Vincent alludes to the fact that his father’s alcoholism became worse as time went on (as is common with any addiction).  While the principles of the play have the suicide of a loved one in common, your intrepid blogger identifies with Jack Vincent in that I suffer from chronic back pain on a daily basis.  This point is downplayed in the script, but for those of us who suffer with pain everyday, we have a unique understanding of the mindset of someone attempting to quell pain.  Pain that accompanies each and every movement the person suffering from chronic pain makes, such as standing, sitting, walking, getting out of bed and so on.  While A Day For Grace DOES bring many social maladies to the public spotlight, yours truly would like to assert that we who suffer from chronic pain also endure trials and tribulations on a daily basis.  If nothing else, this editorial serves to assuage the presumption that Jack Vincent committed suicide for selfish reasons.

Sometimes, the pain, both physical and mental, can become too much for even the strongest of people to bear.  If you have either physical or mental difficulties, talk to someone.   To quote a phrase posted numerous times on “A Day for Grace National Tour” Facebook page, “Start Talking – Keep Talking”!

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