DIRECTOR . PLAYWRIGHT . VISUAL ARTIST
ARTS LEADER, EDUCATOR, CREATIVE CONSULTANT
Dad is dead. Emma is home. Now there’s a whale.
A THEATER BAY AREA RECOMMENDED PRODUCTION
A clan’s grief for its lost patriarch surreally bends the rules of society and the laws of nature. Long estranged, sharing only haphazard traditions, the family contends 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, WHALE'S WAKE is a legend for the ones left living.
Writer, Director: Amy Sass
Assistant Director: Keith C. Davis
Dramaturg: Anthony Clarvoe
Production Management: Cecilia Palmtag
Stage Management: Arashi Cesana
Technical Direction: Dashiell Menard
Producer: Anna Shneiderman
Mikka Bonel *David Cramer
*Anne Darragh Keith Davis
*Sharon Huff Anya Kazimierska
*member of Actor’s Equity Association
Scenic Design: Erik LaDue
Sound & Music: Laura Inserra, Hussein Sami
Costumes: Abra Berman
Props: Florence McCafferty
Poster Design: Aidan Fraser, Amy Sass
Lighting Design: Daniel Weiermann
"Whale's Wake is one of Ragged Wing’s strongest pieces to date. As a director, Sass has a knack for compelling blocking and movement that gives the production a ton of visual impact."
The careful, formulaic family drama explodes into something else as the hapless family dons slick yellow overalls and, armed with various cutting tools, proceeds to metaphorically hack up the massive heap of bloody blubber that is Dad and lover. They literally cut and claw their way into the belly of the beast... This play is all at once realistic and absurd, comic and tragic, highly original and very entertaining. The puppetry is wonderful and well incorporated into the action of the play.
The result is something unique, and well worth seeing."
- Theater Storm
"The play is a powerful and eloquent expression of all the anger, listlessness, odd sensuality, displacement and nihilism of grief — that sense of the ground being ripped out from beneath your feet and not knowing when, where or how you are ever going to land again."
- Mercury News