City Lights Theater Presents Distracted, a Play About Family and Pharmaceuticals
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The last date listed for Distracted was Saturday June 11, 2011 / 8:00pm.
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City Lights Theater Company is excited to bring the poignant comedy ___Distracted_ __to San Jose. Playwright Lisa Loomer decided that it was time to bring A.D.D. to the stage after recognizing that more and more children were being diagnosed with this disorder. Claiming each of her characters represents a different point of view on the issue, Loomer sought to add some whimsy to this controversial topic.
The play had its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, was performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and opened at the Roundabout Theater in New York in 2009. Since then it has been performed at theaters across the country, its topic striking a chord with audiences throughout America.
*Lisa Loomer *is an accomplished writer in both theater and film. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, her numerous awards include the Jane Chambers Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, a Garland Award and the American Theatre Critics Association Award (twice). Loomer is also a screenwriter. Her first film, Looking For Angels, was chosen by Sundance for its first co-lab with the Latin American Film Institute in Cuba where she had the opportunity to work with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Other film credits include Girl, Interrupted and Nappily Ever After soon to be in production.
Now in her tenth season at City Lights, and her seventh as Executive Artistic Director, director Lisa Mallette is also a member of the Theatre Bay Area Board of Directors, and chairs the TBA Theatre Services Committee. She is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, and of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City – where she studied under the late, great Sanford Meisner – and she is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors’ Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. For the past twenty years, Lisa has performed and directed for countless theatres in the Bay Area and throughout the Western United States. For City Lights, she has directed acclaimed productions of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, A…My Name Is Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Hair, First Person Shooter, and Rent. A San Francisco native, Lisa is a graduate of the prestigious Community Leadership San Jose, and she lives on the Peninsula with her husband, actor-director and City Lights Associate Artistic Director Kit Wilder, and their two beautiful daughters, eight year old Sophie and four year old Olivia.
Cast and Synoposis – Jesse, played by Kameron DeHart (Christmas Carol, Music Man) is a wild, disobedient child who drives his parents crazy with his continuous antics and tantrums. His teacher, Mrs. Holly, played by Rachel Davidman (Voluntary Amnesia, Jesus Christ Superstar) suggests he might have Attention Deficit Disorder. Fearful that her son might have A.D.D. Mama, played by Karen DeHart (Dead Man Walking, Chicago), begins searching for a way to help her son despite Dad’s (Michael Riley — Dead Man Walking, A Few Good Men) insistence that it is just a “phase.” Can anyone help Jesse? Mama visits a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist and an environmental physician. Even neighbors weigh in with their advice, but no one presents a solution that satisfies Mama. Is a pill really the answer or is there a simpler solution, overlooked by everyone in their stressed-out, hyperactive world? **
Drs. Broder, Jinks, and Karnes are played by Steve Gold (Chapter Two, A Chorus Line). Teenager Natalie is played by Kate McGrath (Noises Off, Rabbit Hole). Mama’s helpful neighbors Sherry and Vera are played by Jennifer Parsons (Bug, Captain Intrinsic) and Mary Lou Torre (Lips Together Teeth Apart, Chekhov in Yalta). Kristin Brownstone (Rabbit Hole, Chapter Two) juggles the roles of Dr. Zavala, the Waitress and mother Carolyn.