Jacqueline Wright Stars in Paul Sands’ The Pilot Who Crashed the Party

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CalArts alum Jacqueline Wright (Theater BFA 91) stars in Tony Award-winning actor and Second City alum Paul Sand’s new play The Pilot Who Crashed the Party, running Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, May 7 at the Broadwater Theatre in Los Angeles.

Wright stars alongside Sol Mason in this off-beat comedy, in which a pilot (Mason) arrives as an unexpected guest at Sally’s (Wright) landmark birthday bash. The pilot, in a fugue state from the plane crash, attempts to piece his identity together while the partygoers take turns caring for him, projecting themselves onto him while doing so. More about the play from the press release

Sand’s off-beat homage to the drawing room dramas of the ’30s is set in the Santa Monica Mountains on a violent, stormy night filled with rain, lightning and thunder. The streets outside the mansion where Sally (Jacqueline Wright) is celebrating her 50th birthday are narrow, winding and newly full of mud — when a pilot in a small, single engine plane (Sol Mason) literally crashes the party.

Who, exactly, is this surprise guest? Friends at the intimate soirée, including Daniel (Lee Boek), Laura (Claudia Ferri) and Ilo (Francis C. Edemobi) are suspicious. The caterer (Debra Lane) might be in love. The evening’s musicians (Yennie Lam on violin and Chris Rorrer on cello) continue to entertain, even as they sip wine from its new perch on the plane wing now hovering over the dining room table.

“This play is that rare combination of great comedy and high art that makes for a wholly satisfying evening of theater,” said Second City executive director Kelly Leonard. “It’s sublime, smart, and funny.”

The Pilot Who Crashed the Party runs on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm.

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