Monday, March 07, 2016

PlayGround Night at Whale's Wake Premiere!

Join the PlayGround community on Sunday, April 17 at 7pm for a special “PlayGround Night” performance of WHALE’SWAKE, a new play written and directed by Amy Sass and produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble in association with PlayGround (an Equity-approved project). Originally commissioned by PlayGround, the world premiere production features a cast of six, including PlayGround Company Members David Cramer and Anne Darragh. In Whale’s Wake, dad is dead, Emma is home, and now there’s a whale. A clan’s grief for its lost patriarch surreally bends the rules of society and the laws of nature. As the family struggles with economic ruin, the ocean seems to share their devastation. Long estranged, sharing only haphazard traditions, they contend over how to honor the difficult dead, an auction gone horribly wrong, a disappearing casket of ashes, a house that won’t stay put, and a suicidal whale. Funny, sexy, incantatory. The play runs April 15-May 7 at The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, in Oakland. PlayGround Night at WHALE’S WAKE is Sunday, April 17 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online in advance at

As playwright, director, actor, choreographer, and visual artist, Amy Sass (Playwright/Director) brings a fierce voracity to her creative practice. Her early training in classical acting, avant-garde performance, puppetry, mask, and dance set the foundation of artistic rigor that has become the cornerstone of RWE’s ethic and aesthetic. A member of Playwright’s PlayGround, she has won the People’s Choice Award for her short plays: Significant People and Structural Instability as well as the June Anne Baker Commission Award. Her plays have appeared in PlayGround’s Spring Festival, the Bay Area One Acts, Fury Factory and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Selected Shorts. She specializes in creating new methods of artistic collaboration and story building, designing RWE’s multidisciplinary approach to the development of original work. A passionate teacher and a fierce arts advocate, she has taught theater to youth at many Bay Area institutions, most notably as the Founder and Director of Prospect Sierra School’s vibrant Drama Program. Most recent Writer/Director credits include: Time Sensitive, Maybe Baby, OPEN, Handless, No Outlet (a short film) and So Many Ways To Kill A Man. She is pleased to be featured at Mercury 20 for her collaboration with Eric Bohr creating the art installation: Everything Is Permanent. Other collaborators include: Mettle Theater, C.A.F.E, foolsFury, Bald Productions and Shotgun Players. In all her endeavors, Amy works from the gut, using theater & art as vehicles for healing, empowerment and social change.

Ragged Wing Ensemble is a physical, ensemble theater company that began producing original work in the East Bay in 2004. As critic Lily Janiak wrote for HowlRound, Ragged Wing “specializes in original, ensemble-created work with wildly inventive but precise physicality. It takes on unwieldy, abstract ideas and makes them dramatic through created or reinvented myth.” In the past decade, Ragged Wing has produced seventeen professional shows (most of them world premieres), established a thriving youth training program, enchanted thousands of audience members, and conceived and built a new, shared, multidisciplinary arts venue in downtown Oakland, The Flight Deck, which houses seven resident companies and several arts organizations. Ragged Wing has been honored as “Best New Theater Company in the East Bay” by the East Bay Express, with a “50/50 Applause Award” for 2012-13 from The International Centre of Women Playwrights for gender parity in producing the work of women playwrights, and The Flight Deck was named “Best New Arts Venue” by the readers of the East Bay Express in their 2014 Best Of poll as soon as it opened. “Ragged Wing is one of those local independent companies always worth seeing.” (Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet), especially in our beautiful new Oakland home.

PlayGround, the Bay Area’s leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual PlayGround Festival of New Works, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund. To date, PlayGround has supported more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of over 750 original short plays and 61 commissioned full-length plays. For more information, visit


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