Whale’s Wake at Flight Deck



Whale’s Wake is an original play by Amy Sass produced by Ragged Wing Ensemble at The Flight Deck. Funny, sexy, incantatory, Whale’s Wake follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead. This ambitious dark comedy about a family dealing with the sudden death of their patriarch engages the audience in a sweeping story that moves from slapstick and religious satire to haunting, abstract, poetic images to explore major themes about the meaning of life, death, and family.

Q. What was the inspiration behind the event?
In 2013, Amy Sass lost her father at the age of 61 and witnessed a beached whale at Stinson Beach. Whale’s Wake was born. This 3-year journey to bring this show to audiences involved dozens of drafts, dozens of artists, and the birth of a truly unique theatrical world on stage.

Q Tell us in one sentence why attendees love the event.
It combines tragedy, comedy, surreal imagery and emotional grit, and explores onstage a topic (the death of a loved one) with humor, whimsy and gravity all at once.

Q What’s the best thing about holding the event in Oakland?
There are lots of great restaurants to get dinner at before the show and lots of great bars to get a drink after the show all in walking distance.

Q Does your event partner with local businesses in Oakland?
The Flight Deck is a shared space for dozens of small arts organizations and artists.

Q What’s the one thing Oakland offers that makes it the best place for your event?
It is home.

Q What is the one thing you want everyone to know about this event?
This show is really good you guys. Audience members are leaving saying it’s better than what they’re seeing at Berkeley Rep and other big theaters. Just saying.