Donahoe, Schreck, Elrod and More Will Bring Premiere of Kron's Wake to Life at Kirk Douglas | Playbill

News Donahoe, Schreck, Elrod and More Will Bring Premiere of Kron's Wake to Life at Kirk Douglas
The Los Angeles world premiere of The Wake, Lisa Kron's new play about a family gathering tainted by the 2000 U.S. presidential election, will feature Emily Donahoe, Carson Elrod, Andrea Frankle, Miriam F. Glover, Deirdre O'Connell, Heidi Schreck and Danielle Skraastad.
Emily Donahoe, Heidi Schreck and Carson Elrod
Emily Donahoe, Heidi Schreck and Carson Elrod Photo by Craig Schwartz

Center Theatre Group presents the new work by the author of Broadway's Well March 21-April 18 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. Opening is March 28. Leigh Silverman, who staged Well both on Broadway and off, directs the new play, which, 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."

Actress-writer Kron, who was a 2006 Best Actress Tony Award nominee for Well, also wrote The 2.5 Minute Ride, among other works.

The Wake's creative team includes set designer David Korins, costume designer Meg Neville, lighting and projection designer Alexander V. Nichols, sound designer Cricket S. Myers and composer Kathryn Bostic. The production stage manager is Elizabeth Atkinson.

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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