PHOTO CALL: Lisa Kron's The Wake Opens in Los Angeles

By Matthew Blank
29 Mar 2010

The Los Angeles world premiere of Lisa Kron's The Wake opened at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles March 28.



Leigh Silverman directs the cast that features Emily Donahoe, Carson Elrod, Andrea Frankle, Miriam F. Glover, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck and Danielle Skraastad.

The Wake, according to CTG, "centers on Ellen, a smart, politically engaged, freelance writer who has created a warm circle of friends a 'puppy pile of people' including her longtime partner, his sister and her partner. She gathers them together for a Thanksgiving dinner in 2000 but has trouble joining the festivities with her mind on the contested presidential election. She is adamant that her friends don't understand how bad the situation really is. It turns out that Ellen, in the midst of the political turmoil of the 21st century, is also unable to see the facts at the center of her own political and emotional life. Kron's searing new play unearths the assumptions of privilege and comfort that lie deep in the American character, and confronts the inescapable truth that no matter how intelligent, open or self-reflective you think you are, you'll never be able to see your own blind spot."

Here is a look at the opening night arrivals and after-party:

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Danielle Skraastad and Andrea Frankle
Photo by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging



Tickets for The Wake are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA.