Announcing Whale’s Wake, April 16-May 7

“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… Whale’s Wake is one of Ragged Wing’s strongest pieces to date.” — Sam Hurwitt, the San Jose Mercury News
“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 (I dare you not to laugh at Zombie Lazarus) to haunting, abstract, poetic images to explore major themes about the meaning of life, death, and family.”  — Charles Kruger, The Rumpus


Dad is dead. Emma is home. Now there’s a whale. Funny, sexy, incantatory, Whale’s Wake follows one family’s struggle to honor the difficult dead. Written and directed by Amy Sass. An Equity-approved project co-produced with PlayGround. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Sexual content. Parental discretion advised.

Featuring: Mikka Bonel, *David Cramer, *Anne Darragh, Keith C. Davis, *Sharon Huff, and Anya Kazimierska, *member of Actor’s Equity Association

Creative Team: Terry Bamberger, Abra Berman, Arashi Cesara, Anthony Clarvoe, Keith C. Davis, Aidan Fraser, Laura Inserra, Erik LaDue, Dashiell Menard, Florence McCafferty, Cecilia Palmtag, Hussein Sami, Amy Sass, Anna Shneiderman, and Daniel Weiermann

There will be audience talkbacks after the Saturday matinees. Dig deeper into some of the themes presented by the play with the artistic team and special guests.

  • 4/30: Hospice chaplain, grief counselor and author of the forthcoming book urban love monk: a year of receiving what’s given MK Nelson discusses how to navigate bereavement.
  • 5/7: Kaya Oakes, author of Radical Reinvention and The Nones Are Alright joins us for a conversation about multi-faith families.

At The Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland

April 16-May 7
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 pm
Saturday Matinee, 2 pm
Sundays, 7 pm (no show May 8)

Tickets $45-25
Box Office: (510)320-3370

Students with ID/Seniors: $20 at the door half an hour before curtain

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 Ragged Wing Ensemble will be taking part in East Bay Gives! Help us raise $8000 in one day so we can match a grant from The East Bay Fund for Artists for an exciting production next year. Overnight will be a set of short plays created by the Resident Companies of The Flight Deck about the dramatic economic changes taking place in Oakland.

Help us win $3500 from East Bay Gives by having the most unique donors between the hours of 11AM – 12PM! Donate on May 3rd!

Balancing work, life, and your passion.

Workhappi did a great interview with Executive Director Anna Shneiderman on work/life balance. Check it out here.

The Flight Deck is honored to be a Google Impact Challenge grantee

The Flight Deck is one of the 25 finalists that received funding from  the Google Impact Challenge: Bay Area. Though the Deck is not up for public vote, we will receive $100,000 from and support from Google volunteers for The Launch Pad, a project supporting small arts organizations in Oakland to employ underrepresented artists.. You can see the other finalists at We are honored to have Google as our collaborator in helping local artists.

Supporting Women Theater Artists Ragged Wing-style!

Ragged Wing has been honored again with the ICWP (International center for Women Playwrights) 50/50 Applause Award for promoting women playwrights! Check out the video–we’re the first ones up, and we’re having a great time!