The Why Will Launch 24th Season at Hollywood's Blank Theatre; Casting Announced

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14 Aug 2014

The Why, a new play by Victor Kaufold, will kick off the The Blank Theatre's 24th season. Directed by founding artistic director Daniel Henning, previews will begin Sept. 16 prior to an official opening Sept. 20.

The cast will feature Ben Crowley, Nicholas Cutro, Jen Landon and Jeff Witzke.

Blank artistic producer Noah Wyle said in a statement, “The Why is a truly original take on a very serious and very complex subject: what is happening to the youth of America? Why are kids killing each other? Who or what is to blame? Through blended styles, mixed media, and a constant shifting between drama, farce, satire, and melodrama, The Why seems to offer an answer. Or at least it manages to debunk several popular theories being touted by ‘experts’ in the media. Its continued relevance is frightening.”

The Why, according to press notes, "is a fast-paced tragicomedy — one part modern satire, one part honest investigation. The central story concerns Robert, an American teenager guilty of murdering three of his classmates in a school shooting. Spliced among the dramatic exchanges between Robert and his assigned social worker, a parade of fantastical stereotypes storms in and out, creating a dichotomy between moments of hilarity and sorrow. Confronted by disturbingly accurate exaggerations of the tabloid-like modern media, the audience is made to laugh and then question that laughter."

The design team includes Martha Carter (lighting), Sarah Kalb (costumes) and Rebecca Kessin (sound). The stage manager is Samantha Else; Sarah Allyn Bauer serves as producer.



Performances continue through Oct. 19.

Admission prices are $25—$30 (student price is $20; must show valid ID), and tickets may be purchased online at www.TheBlank.com or via phone at (323) 661-9827. The Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre is located at 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Wilcox), in Hollywood.