PHOTO CALL: Kron's The Wake Premieres in Los Angeles

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The world premiere of The Wake, Lisa Kron's new play about a family gathering tainted by the 2000 U.S. presidential election, plays Los Angeles' Kirk Douglas Theatre.

Leigh Silverman (Well) directs the new play, which "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," according to CTG. "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."

The cast features Emily Donahoe, Carson Elrod, Andrea Frankle, Miriam F. Glover, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck and Danielle Skraastad.

Here is a glimpse of the production:

Tickets for The Wake are on sale now and are available by calling (213) 628-2772, online at

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

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