An official selection of the Theater at the 14th Street Y's 2018/19 Season, Capital Fringe Festival, Fresh Fruit Festival, Chicago Fringe Festival and the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, where it received the award for Outstanding Playwriting of a New Script.
Characters explore a theme which can personally touch any audience: honesty, and how honesty truly means nothing if it’s not expressed in a healthy way. Audiences feel something, deeply. In a way, the audience is left to grapple with much of what the characters do – trying to enjoy the good, lighthearted times but knowing there will be more dark moments ahead. The Other Day can be seen as a cautionary tale against not facing problems truthfully and openly, but it doesn’t leave audiences despairing; there is room for hope. One of the most striking thoughts is a positive one, delivered by Steven: “Instead of planning future moments, we should simply enjoy this one.” One future moment you should plan is the day you go to see this show.” Plays to See
A stunning production for the award-winning playwright, highlighting his masterful ability to elevate subtlety to passionate art. In this story of a gay couple who connect through an anonymous substance-abuse support group, Williams gives us a world where even the tiniest sensations have the rush of full-body intimacy. Perfectly suited to the stage, The Other Day’s combination of true-to-life humor and tragedy explores relationship intricacies with visceral naturalness. Most striking is its universal meditation on love and loss. We’re able to attain life’s beauty in small beats and flashes. The Other Day is like a loved one’s hug. It only lasts so long, but once it’s done, you’ll wish for more. C’est la vie – bravo.” Honeysuckle Magazine
Written with biting humor and honesty, The Other Day follows four characters – a gay couple who meet in a substance-abuse support group; a woman coming to terms with her failing marriage, and a charming foreigner wrestling with a secret – as their lives intersect and each embarks on a personal journey that will redefine their relationships, and themselves, in surprising ways.
Grapples with the intricacies of intimacy with such nuance. The Other Day pushes back against the notion that gay and straight couples face different challenges. And it does that deft little dance while avoiding bumper sticker aphorisms like “Love Is Love." Metrosource
Poignant. Multi-dimensional. Illuminating. Wonderfully nuanced. A fine play.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
Provides a welcome dose of realism to the relationship story genre. Mark Jason Williams' writing is honest and powerful in a story involving love, addiction, insecurity, loss and redemption. Abound with emotion, The Other Day is a relationship play for adults." DC Theatre Scene
From the moment the show started, I could tell this play was written from the heart and soul of a talented playwright. Smart and humorous, Mark's writing was so raw and honest The Other Day had me enthralled from beginning to end."