Distracted: Multi-Tasking Mom Battles the System in Manic Comedy at ArtsWest
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Winner of both a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize, Wendy Wasserstein fearlessly borrowed from her own personality when creating the protagonists of plays such as The Heidi Chronicles, Old Money and The Sisters Rosensweig. These characters tended to be like herself -- intelligent, funny, liberal, and immensely accomplished. The heroine of Third, Wasserstein's last work before her untimely death at age 56, is similarly gifted ... but also smug, over-confident and dangerously shallow. Laurie Jameson is a professor at an elite liberal arts college and a steadfast feminist. When one of her students turns in a paper she finds far too good for such a "privileged white male" to have written, she starts a plagiarism investigation that quickly morphs into a review of her own prejudices. In no other play is Wasserstein as witty, as compassionate, or as critical of her own beliefs, as in Third, the capstone to one of the most distinguished careers in Broadway history. Learn More
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Jesse is nine. Jesse can’t focus. Mama helps. Dad ignores. The teacher scolds, the neighbors gossip, the psychiatrists prescribe, the audience laughs, but…no one listens! Welcome to Lisa Loomer’s (The Waiting Room) darkly comic Distracted, a story about a multi-tasking mom taking on the culture of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her quixotic husband is in denial, leaving her to take on accepted science and mythic homeopathy all by herself. Fast paced, disarmingly funny, and direct from a successful run off Broadway, this is a riveting gaze at parenting, childhood, and looking for fast answers in the age of Ritalin.
Playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer (The Waiting Room, Living Out, Girl: Interrupted) has had her plays produced at various theaters including Seattle Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Trinity Rep, and The Public Theater. She is a recipient of several major Awards including the Jane Chambers Award, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, and the American Theatre Critics Association Award (two-time winner).
Winner of the 2010 Broadway World Awards for Best Direction of a Musical, Christopher Zinovitch will direct Distracted alongside his design team: Burton Yuen (set, props, sound, and projections), Stacey Derk (costumes), and Josh Randall (lights). Most recently, Zinovitch piloted the hugely successful Evil Dead: The Musical last fall.
“I wanted to direct Distracted because the story relates to Americans now more than ever, and on so many different levels in this quick-fix, fast-paced time we live in,” Zinovitch said. “So many of us are too busy keeping up with the Joneses to notice the root of a problem until it’s
too late. Now, energetic children are ‘chemically imbalanced’ or ‘hyper-active.' Loomer does an amazing job of pointing out fundamental and very relevant problems we as a society are facing, forcing audiences to
question their own behaviors.”