Doug Vincent’s Play A Day for Grace Returns to Stage Left Studio September 19 thru 22 Sam Llanas and Doug Vincent Co-Star; Llanas to Open with Solo Acoustic Set

Doug Vincent (foreground) re-enacts his infamous run-in with his childhood nemesis while Sam Llanas (background) accompanies him with songs written in 1998 and 2011.  Photo by Gary Dineen courtesy Daystorm Music and Gary Tanin

Doug Vincent (foreground) re-enacts his infamous run-in with his childhood nemesis while Sam Llanas (background) accompanies him with songs written in 1998 and 2011. Photo by Gary Dineen courtesy Daystorm Music and Gary Tanin

New York, NY, August 19Doug Vincent’s autobiographical play, A Day For Grace will return to New York City on September 19th for a four-night engagement from September 19 thru 22  at Stage Left Studio, 214 W 30thStreet, 6th floor Roots rock legend Sam Llanas (formerly of BoDeans) and playwright Doug Vincent share the stage in the heartwarming play of hope and triumph over adversity. Set to original music by Llanas, A Day for Grace recounts Vincent’s emotional roller-coaster journey into first-time fatherhood as he chases parental shadows and the demons of his turbulent youth in small town Virginia to find the light for his unborn child. Llanas will also open each show with an intimate solo acoustic set of old favorites, new and unreleased music. All performances are at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.stageleftstudio.net or by calling the box office at 212.838.2134.    

The play unfolds when unforeseen complications during his daughter’s birth propel Vincent’s emotions to pour out of him to confront the demons of his past – shifting back and forth between little league angst and the relationship with his alcoholic and suicidal father to present day events.

Lanas performs the soulful music from his 1998 solo album A Good Day to Die, which underscores Vincent’s 10 different character portrayals and serves as the drama’s emotional touchstones and enthralling Greek Chorus. Although he wrote the lyrics 15 years earlier and long before the play was created, nearly every song matches a scene from the play.

“It’s almost impossible to watch the show without marveling at the obvious synchronicity inherent in this collaboration. The unique interplay between the music and monologue is mesmerizing,” says director Gary Tanin.

Both Vincent and Llanas used their creative talents as a way to heal from the tragic loss of a family member to suicide.  At their first meeting, both men were shocked to learn how serendipitously the two art forms blended together to create the compelling musical drama.  A Day for Grace touches on many contemporary social issues –- bullying, alcoholism, dysfunctional families and mental illness — all leading risk factors for suicide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 “We hope that our play will continue to not only entertain, but convey its message of hope, healing, and triumph over adversity to the widest audience possible,” says Vincent.

A Day for Grace had its initial limited engagement run in 2012, where it played to sold-out audiences.  The play was first introduced to New York audiences last year at Stage Left Studio, where it was developed.  This year, a re-tooled A Day for Grace, which began a multi-city national tour in August, will visit Berryville, VA, Denver, CO, Milwaukee, WI  and Chicago, IL before returning to New York City, where it will complete its tour at Stage Left Studio for multiple performances plus a producers’ showcase.

A co-production of Stage Left Studio and Boulder StoryHealers, ‘A Day for Grace’ was developed at Stage Left Studio in New York City. Boulder StoryHealers is a project of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, a nonprofit charity under Section 501c3 .

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AUTHOR’S NOTE:  I was slated to give this production personal coverage for the Friday and Saturday night shows during this run.  Unfortunately, the fates have conspired to keep me away from this production.  Faithful readers would wonder why I am interested in going to see this show again.  I have it on good authority that changes have been made to both the script and the music for this tour of the show.  Additionally, Llanas will do a solo acoustic set before the play begins.  That is always worth the price of admission!  So even for you folks who caught this last time, I urge you to go see it again.

This time, the topics of the show are even more poignant and personal to me.  I did just recently lose three family members and a pet, albeit none by suicide, but loss is loss.  All three family members lived at the same residence, which is the ultimate definition of an empty nest.  The pet, succumbed to hyperthyroidism in my hands this past Saturday the 14th.  I would be an emotional casualty if I were to attend this show.  Sometimes people like to cry at highly emotional art.  If you are this kind of person who rejuvenates themselves at the hand of highly personal artistic endeavors, this is again, a must-see show for you to cleanse your soul, refresh your spirit and laugh at life’s foibles.

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