Leonard Foglia (On Golden Pond, Master Class) directs the work, which is currently in rehearsals for a March 15 start at CTG's Mark Taper Forum. The show will open March 25 for a run through April 29. From the playwright of Living Out comes a new work that explores the world of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) through the story of a "disconcerting and, at times, hilariously surreal path a mother takes to find a remedy for her eight-year-old boy's 'anxious and distracted' behavior," as materials describe. Set in today's fast-paced, multi-tasking world, the question arises "Is her son's diagnosis of ADD correct? Or is he simply reacting to the over-stimulation of TV screens, computers, cell phones, voice mail and video games?"
The complete cast for Distracted includes Stephanie Berry (Drowning Crow), Johanna Day (Proof, Satellites), Marita Geraghty (The Heidi Chronicles, "Groundhog Day"), Emma Hunton ("Happy Endings"), Bronson Pinchot (Putting It Together, "Perfect Strangers"), Ray Porter, Hudson Thames and Rita Wilson (Chicago, "Sleepless in Seattle").
The design team features Elaine McCarthy (set and projection), Robert Blackman (costume), Russell H. Champa (lighting) and Jon Gottlieb (sound). The production stage manager is David S. Franklin.
The Taper currently houses 13 and will continue after Distracted with a co-production (with New York's The Public Theater) of David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face (May 10-July 1). The 40-year-old, 745-seat circular theatre will then close for major renovations with plans to reopen in 2008.
Tickets for Distracted at the Taper, 135 North Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA, are available by calling (213) 628-2772. For more information visit centertheatregroup.org.