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solo performance · danna w. schaeffer · Ages 14+ · one person show · United States of America

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ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 25, 2018
I loved it. I had read about it in a journal and was so curious to see it. I was very impressed how one person has the courage and the raw talent to be able to tell such a personal and tragic story. How the experience of the loss changes but stays the same over time. ... full review
SHARI BARRETT certified reviewer June 18, 2018
I clearly remember when actress Rebecca Schaeffer was murdered in 1989 on her doorstep by a fan who was stalking her, long before this type of behavior was the norm as it seems to be today. This solo show, written and performed with amazing emotional insight by her mother Dana Schaeffer, begins with stories from her only child's childhood during which she worried if little Rebecca was out of her sight for a few minutes. So imagine how this proud mother, who spoke daily with her daughter when she moved from Oregon to Los Angeles to pursue her acting dreams after landing the lead role in My Sister Sam and then visited with her in Rome and Venice while filming a movie, reacted with disbelief when a call from a police officer in Los Angeles ca... full review
CHARLES ZIARKO certified reviewer June 18, 2018
The murder of starlet Rebecca Schaeffer in 1989 was just a piece of morbid Hollywood history to me so I welcomed the chance to hear her mother's POV---and I was not disappointed. Danna Schaeffer recreates in dramatic detail her reactions at that pivotal time, as well as a brighter "Before" (in Italy) and a sadder "After", as she and her husband Benson (also present) coped and healed---in spite of the efforts of well-meaning friends. The full house was silent and attentive to her barely-projected whispery voice. Unforgettable, because it's true.... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 15, 2018
Leaving the theater, I overheard an audience member say, "Danna's courage to tell this story is a gift to the world." Those words perfectly articulated my experience of seeing this show. Danna's brilliant, whimsical, gripping writing and acting compelled the audience to face the unbearable threshold of mortality, ripping away denial, and exposing us to unanswerable questions that lurk just beneath the surface of human awareness: The bittersweet preciousness of life, the excruciating agony of death, the protective warmth of humor, the unexpected light of love and soul connection. I am changed because of this show. Thank you, Danna, for this gift. ... full review
MARK HEIN June 13, 2018
tagged as: moving · witty
"You in Midair: An Elegy for a Daughter" is not an elegy -- it's a mother's lament. Danna Schaeffer shares her joy in her daughter Rebecca, a rising actress, and recounts her arduous journey after Rebecca's murder into a life without her. Schaeffer is intelligent, vivacious, and witty -- but she does not enact the grief she describes. As a result, we do not experience it, nor the catharsis we wish for. ... full review
ANONYMOUS June 03, 2018
You In Midair was gripping, moving, and funny. Show brought you into the heart of grief, but with laughter as well as tears. .... full review
VENESSA VERDUGO certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Danna Schaeffer's show You in Midair generously gives viewers an honest look into her and her husband Benson's loss of their only child Rebecca and how they have coped over the years. Her willingness to relive this tragic event mixed with moments of humor has made this work an ode to Rebecca's memory and a gift to all who are blessed enough to see it.... full review
KARYL MILLER certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Stop what you're doing right now and get tickets for this amazing one-woman show! This is a tour de force by writer and first-time actor Danna Schaeffer takes the audience on her personal nightmare that began with the murder of her only child. Rebecca Schaeffer was a beautiful, talented and successful actress, age 21, when an obsessed fan shot and killed her. How does a mother cope with the awful truth? How does she go on living? Answer: With a great sense of humor, a loving husband, a more humor. See this play. You'll laugh and cry, just like she did. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 03, 2018
A heart felt performance from a mother who has endured the sudden death of her only child, presented with humor, bitter sweet memories and a demonstration that the death of a loved one is a lifelong journey of absorption, adjustment and acceptance. Bravo, Danna! ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 03, 2018
Wonderful writing...performed with such authenticity....lively humor and a good deal of unapologetic times so difficult to bear. Ultimately uplifting...although the climate we live in at the moment gave much pause for thought and sadness. I'm too close to it all to be really objective. ... full review


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