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Dayna Steele and Melissa Stevens (Photo: Daniel Ortiz)
When Radio Hall of Famer Dayna Steele’s mother, Fran Nicholson, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, Steele began sharing updates on Facebook detailing her family’s journey with honesty and humor. Her posts transformed into a therapeutic support community drawing thousands of followers, and was the inspiration for her best-selling memoir Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook and a Really Big Glass of Wine. This month, Dayna will take to the stage at MATCH, the Midtown Arts & Theater Center, for the debut of The Woman in the Mirror: A Dark Uplifting Comedy About Surviving Alzheimer’s With Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine, a play based on her book. For the play’s premiere, Dayna will star as herself along with Chris King, who will play the role of best friend and confidant. The Woman in the Mirror is written and directed for the stage by Marley Singletary and is co-produced by Dayna, Marley, and public relations professional Melissa Stevens, whose husband succumbed to Alzheimer’s in 2010. The play will run Nov. 4-14, and each performance will be followed by a short Q&A session with Dayna and local Alzheimer’s experts. Tickets are $35-50. Pictured are (on left) Dayna and (on right) Melissa and the much-needed glass of wine. See matchouston.org.
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