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Leaving us In the Wake

posted by Chad Jones on Fri, Jun 25, 2010
in At the theatre , Backstage buzz , Our shows

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In the Wake 5

As we head into closing weekend for Lisa Kron's In the Wake, we'd like to leave you with a few parting thoughts courtesy of the Los Angeles Times.

Charles McNulty, in his essay "The Kushner effect, an Angel in American playwriting," celebrates the lasting legacy of Tony Kushner's epic Angels in America, a play that has inspired a generation of writers to bring national scope and creative imagination to the stage. He writes:

Three plays in recent months have pressed an awareness of the continuing artistic impact of Angels: Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Julia Cho's The Language Archive and Lisa's Kron's In the Wake...

Charles comments on each work and its relationship to the Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels:

Kron's drama is perhaps the most explicitly indebted. Set in the polarizing George W. Bush era, this lesbian fantasia on national themes recalls the country's ethical tailspin through a protagonist whose privileged sense of entitlement (sexual as well as intellectual) stands in sharp contrast to her progressive-minded outrage. Although the painstakingly realistic pacing of In the Wake is antithetical to the cerebral quickstep of Angels, the two works use a volatile chapter in American history as background in their exploration of how the sociopolitical maladies of an age play out in the personal conduct of characters.

It's a fascinating essay, and you should check it out.

Lisa Kron gets another shout-out in the LA Times, this one in the form of a news announcement. Lisa has been selected, along with Amy Freed (of You, Nero fame), Charles Randolph-Wright, Katori Hall, and Karen Zacarias, as an inaugural member of the American New Voices Play Institute established by Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Also as part of the new program, Lynn Nottage (of Ruined fame) and David Henry Hwang have been commissioned to write new plays that will be produced at Arena.

Read all about it

Above photo: (from left) Heidi Schreck, Andrea Frankle, Miriam F. Glover, Danielle Skraastad, Carson Elrod, and Deirdre O'Connell in the world premiere of Lisa Kron's In the Wake. Photo courtesy of


Thanks for the H/T there, Chad! I'm really looking forward to what Lisa and the other writers do with these residencies. Stay tuned-- we've only just begun!

David Dower | Sat, Jul 10, 2010

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