Post-Show Community Discussion Follows “Distracted” March 10, 17 & 24


How Distracted are You?

Post-Show Community Discussion Follows “Distracted”

Sundays, March 10, 17 & 24 at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA)

How distracted are you? Although Lisa Loomer’s “Distracted” centers on a nine-year-old boy who may or may not have Attention Deficit Disorder, (spoiler alert!) he’s not the only character in the play suffering from distractions. All of the characters are pummeled by media, technology, consumerism, and their own compulsive behaviors. What is the impact (for better or worse) of our multitasking, ultra-connected, screen-focused lifestyles on our families, our quality of life, and possibly our brains?

BPA is pleased to offer a community forum to discuss the issues raised by the play following the March 10, 17 and 24 Sunday matinees, when the cast of “Distracted” will be joined by a panel of experts including Sally Kidder Davis, a Bainbridge Island parenting coach; Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez, PhD, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and Judy Rutberg-Self, a local neuropsychologist. In addition, Dr. Theodore D. Mandelkorn, a nationally known expert on ADHD, will be present at the March 17 discussion. Space permitting, the post-show discussions are free and open to the public in addition to the matinee audiences. Bring your reactions, experiences, and “distractions” to these lively and informative conversations.

Arianna Huffington first drew attention to the perils of our multi-tasking, media-overloaded lifestyles in her 2007 article “Distracted: a Powerful New Play Takes on Our ‘Pill for Every Ill’ Culture.” Timed to coincide with the world premiere of “Distracted” at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, Huffington’s article thoughtfully addressed how art can powerfully change our perceptions, intensifying the dialog around issues that are central to our lives. Huffington’s full article may be viewed online at

Distracted appears at BPA March 8 - 24, with shows Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. plus Sundays at 3:00 p.m. A special Pay-What-You-Can Preview will be held Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., and the Opening Night Reception is on Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $27 for adults, $22 for seniors, and $19 for students, youth, military, and teachers, may be purchased online at, by phone at 206.842.8569 or in person at BPA, 200 Madison Avenue North, Bainbridge Island. BPA Box Office hours are 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and one hour prior to each performance.

An attention grabbing play for adults, Distracted is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Bainbridge Performing Arts extends special thanks to the Corporate Sponsors for Distracted: Wicklund Dental and The Maggi Rogers Fund. BPA is supported, in part, by One Call for All.

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