Diverse in content, character, and casting, Awake shines an entertaining light on many of society's most contentious subjects, sparking much-needed conversations. This collection of topical, punchy vignettes invites you to examine your deepest fears and prejudices and shift your focus from yourself to the world around you.
Lorrel Manning is an award-winning writer-director, actor, and musician. His first feature film, Happy New Year, based on his critically acclaimed play and award-winning short film of the same name, had its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival and has screened at over 25 film festivals since. As a theater director, Manning has directed over 30 off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions, most recently a new, critically acclaimed adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (cowritten with Seth Barrish), The Unrepeatable Moment, and a revival of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.