Help us land this whale at The Flight Deck!

Our Artistic Director Amy Sass is writing a new play that we’ll co-produce with PlayGroundWe’re doing an Indiegogo  to help us pay artists & technicians, buy design materials, and fund production costs to make this story come to life.  Thank you for creating new culture with us!

The Play

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. Told with an odd poetic humor, Whale’s Wake is a legend for the ones left living.

Inspired by the death of the playwright’s father and the actual beaching of a whale at Stinson Beach in 2013, this play is a folktale for our time, juxtaposing the deeply personal with the broadly global.  In our current historical moment where people are displaced by economic forces and wildlife displaced by environmental ones, Whale’s Wake draws metaphors that inspire empathy, humor, connection and action.

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!

We’re celebrating the Flight Deck’s first birthday with a Subscription Program for the 2015/16 season. Check out all four Resident Companies for a great price!