Joe and Jean Brancato, a newly retired Long Island couple, seek to rest on the laurels of a life thus far made up of hard work and economizing . While Joe, retired-by-choice, is content to relax for a bit before “embarking on all their adventures”, Jean is still licking her wounds from a “forced” retirement. In this newly sedentary period, Jean begins to question her life, and to her surprise (and Joe’s)...
Joe and Jean Brancato, a newly retired Long Island couple, seek to rest on the laurels of a life thus far made up of hard work and economizing . While Joe, retired-by-choice, is content to relax for a bit before “embarking on all their adventures”, Jean is still licking her wounds from a “forced” retirement. In this newly sedentary period, Jean begins to question her life, and to her surprise (and Joe’s) spontaneously auditions and secures a role in the local community theatre production of a new play. Her journey as an actress leads to a surprising end, as the play begins to mirror real life, bringing unexpected events that will test not only their marriage…but their collective sanity.
*World Premier, WorkShop Theater Company (Mainstage), NYC, 2013.
Review Excerpts from its World/NYC Premier;
“The fact that Joe and Jean, the 40-year-married protagonists of Damiano’s lovely, very moving new play, The Golden Year, are fully realized, multilayered people who still have passions, desires, pride, vibrant sexuality and true love and affection for one another – is reason for celebration. - The roles are so rich, in fact, that I can imagine actors “of a certain age” clamoring to play these parts – perhaps on Broadway or in a film adaptation. - …this Golden Year shimmers…“
- Andrew Rothkin, nytheatre.com
"The Golden Year Shines! - Damiano’s insight into a newly retired couple’s approach to life, their supportive relationship and the new predicaments they find themselves in is beautifully crafted."
- Ruth Antrich, Times Square Chronicles
"The Golden Year is 24 Karat! - Every once in a while, an off-off-Broadway production jumps up and reminds you that there is some really good Theatre happening up and down the side streets of Manhattan. Tucked into a tidy performance space onWest 36th Street, The Golden Year, Daniel Damiano’s 90-minute comedy-with-substance is one such example.
- Phil Dorian, Scene on Stage
“WorkShop Theater has a long list of world premiers to its credit, none more worthy than Damiano’s enjoyably insightful play - … destined for a wider audience...”
- Fred Winship, UPI International
"The Golden Year is poised for an open-ended run at a suitable New York theater, and is a natural for regional theater."
- Don Collester, WDVR Radio, NJ
"The plight of the retiree is one you rarely encounter in drama. But in a world where the aging, trusty systems are coming apart, there are just as many questions on the other side of 65 as there are on the way up. *** Stars! "
- Jenna Scherer, Time Out NY
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THE GOLDEN YEAR
1 Oct. 2021
Retirement, either you wish or fear it but nonetheless don't know what to do with it. Jean and Joe go on an emotional journey that will stay with you. Moving and well done. ”
25 May. 2019
I had the honor of producing a developmental production of this play at Workshop Theater Company. THE GOLDEN YEAR is a gentle, pitch-perfect tale of one couple's reversals of fortune late in life. At turns hilarious and profoundly moving, it's a beautiful, honest, and indelible portrait of marriage and perseverance. ”
JOE – Mid-to-late 60’s. Husband to Jean.
JEAN – Mid-to-late 60’s. Wife to Joe.