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

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 www.CenterTheatreGroup.org, or by calling 213-628-2772.

Photos by Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Arrivals


Martin Short


Producer Water Parkes and Martin Short


Eugene Levy


Jeremy Sisto


Nia Vardalos and Jeremy Sisto


Steven Spielberg


Kelly and Ron Meyer, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg


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


Stephanie Berry, Johanna Day and Marita Geraghty celebrate Marita's birthday


Janel Maloney and Allison Janney

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