The Wake

In life, Colleen was a force of nature. Six months after her death from cancer, her sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter her ashes, only to find themselves and their respective partners trapped in much more literal storm. Filled with humor and heart, The Wake explores grief, family, and the nature of America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates, leaving the sisters to...
In life, Colleen was a force of nature. Six months after her death from cancer, her sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter her ashes, only to find themselves and their respective partners trapped in much more literal storm. Filled with humor and heart, The Wake explores grief, family, and the nature of America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates, leaving the sisters to battle storms outside and in. [The Wake was formerly entitled "Hurricane Colleen"]
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The Wake

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  • Connie Schindewolf:
    2 Jun. 2020
    When sisters reunite to honor their dead sister, Colleen, deep-seated resentments and guilt surface from these wonderfully created, uniquely human characters. Colleen manifests into a hurricane which physically and emotionally shakes the characters to theirs cores, forcing them to closely examine their lives, their relationships, and their losses. Ryan beautifully, and almost magically, inserts Florida wildlife into this struggle, and connects humanity to the earth.
  • Donna Hoke:
    6 Jan. 2020
    There's so much to love about a Tammy Ryan play, the theatricality, the sharp injections of humor, the use of physicality, surprise, sight, and sound. But what I love most of all is the way they sneak up on you: you're just listening to casual conversation, but there's an edge to it, but you're sucked in, lulled, and then all hell breaks loose. The Wake excels at all of this.
  • Cheryl Bear:
    1 Sep. 2019
    Beautiful play, a family in all its complexity and turmoil brilliantly painted. Extraordinarily and powerfully human. Marvelous work!

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    City Theatre Company, Momentum Reading Series
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Playfest Orlando Shakes
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ignite Festival
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Theatre Lab in residence at Florida Atlantic University
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
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    Premiere Stages Play Festival Winner
    ,
    2019

Awards

Winner
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Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival
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Premiere Stages at Kean University
,
2019