Photo Coverage: Distracted's World Premiere in L.A.

March 28
12:13 AM 2007

Distracted, a world premiere play by Lisa Loomer, opened Sunday afternoon at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles.  With Rita Wilson, wife of Tom Hanks, starring in the show, many Hollywood friends turned out on the sunny afternoon for the play and after party, at the adjacent Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

In Distracted, both sides of the argument on Attention Deficit Disorder and medicating affected children is presented, with a conflicted Mama (Rita Wilson) grappling with the diagnosis of her son, Jesse (Hudson Thames), while battling with her strong-willed husband (Ray Porter) who is adamantly against using his child as a guinea pig for the narcotics industry.  Along the distressing path to understanding this seemingly over diagnosed condition, though that fact is left up to the audience to fully determine, a few whacky doctors are consulted, all amusingly created by Bronson Pinchot, and a couple nosy neighbors (Johanna Day and Marita Geraghty) find a way to cast more doubt than anything else for the struggling family.

Distracted continues through April 29 at the Mark Taper Forum, located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles at the Music Center.  Tickets range from $42 to $55 and can be purchased at the box office, on-line at, or by calling 213-628-2772.

Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.


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Producer Water Parkes and Martin Short

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Nia Vardalos and Jeremy Sisto

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Steven Spielberg and Ron Meyer

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

Arianna Huffington and Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner

CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and wife Kate Burton

Sandra Oh and guest

CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie and Producer Craig Zadan

Director Leonard Foglia and Allison Janney

Eric Vetro and Lucy Lawless

After Party

Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks

Director Leonard Foglia and Bronson Pinchot

Rita Wilson

(L-R) Full Cast Marita Geraghty, Johanna Day, Emma Hunton, Bronson Pinchot, Hudson Thames, Stephanie Berry, Rita Wilson and Ray Porter

Allison Janney, Ray Porter and Janel Maloney

Emma Hunton, Bronson Pinchot, Stephanie Berry, Rita Wilson, and Ray Porter

Arianna Huffington

Rita Wilson and Playwright Lisa Loomer

Director Leonard Foglia and Playwright Lisa Loomer

Rita Wilson, Nia Vardalos and Allison Janney

Tom Hanks and Lucy Lawless

(L-R) Emma Hunton, Bronson Pinchot, Rita Wilson, Hudson Thames and Director Leonard Foglia

Marita Geraghty and Johanna Day

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