Strand Theater Company presents Well by Lisa Kron, June 1-16, 2012. This will be the directorial debut of Artistic Director Rain Pryor.
In this poignant examination of family, health and wellness, and the tricks of memory, noted solo performer Lisa has written her first multi-character play, a riff on her and her mother Ann’s knotty history with chronic illness. But as she presents her story, nothing goes according to plan. Ann won’t stay put in her recliner. The chorus can’t keep track of their scenes. Childhood nemesis Lori Jones keeps popping up. As Lisa struggles to maintain control of the show and herself, she confronts her greatest fear: turning into her mother.
Thursday, May 31 at 8pm: Final Dress (Pay-What-You-Can)
Friday, June 1 at 8pm: Opening Night (pre-show reception & post-show Q&A)
Saturday, June 2 at 8pm
Wednesday, June 6 at 7pm: School Night ($3 with code 'STUDENTS' or 'TEACHERS')
Friday, June 8 at 8pm
Saturday, June 9 at 8pm
Sunday, June 10 at 3pm
Thursday, June 14 at 8pm
Friday, 15 at 8pm
Saturday, June 16 at 8pm
Ticket Prices: Adult: $20, Senior: $15, Student: $10, Opening Night: $25; Other discounts may be available; like the Strand on Facebook or follow the Strand on Twitter to learn more. Click here to purchase tickets online.
About the Playwright: Lisa Kron has been writing and performing theater since coming to New York from Michigan in 1984. Well opened to critical acclaim on Broadway at the Longacre Theater in March of 2006 and received two Tony nominations. It previously premiered at The Public Theater in Spring 2004 and was listed among the year's best plays by The New York Times, followed by an acclaimed run at A.C.T. in San Francisco in 2005. It is included in the anthology, Best Plays of 2004-2005. Well was developed in Baltimore at CENTERSTAGE and received a workshop there in 2002; they also presented her 2.5 Minute Ride in 2000. Lisa is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award, an NEA/TCG playwriting fellowship and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches playwriting at Yale Drama School.
About the Director: Rain Pryor is a director, stand up comedienne, dynamic speaker, acting teacher, award-winning actress, singer, twice award-nominated author, mother and wife. Her autobiographical solo show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, is an NAACP Award winner and DC Black Theatre Festival Award nominee. It has earned rave reviews from the US to the UK, and is currently making its comeback off Broadway. Pryor made her television debut in 1989 as a series regular on the hit ABC series, Head of the Class, and starred opposite Sherilyn Fenn and Lynn Redgrave on the Showtime series, Rude Awakening. Rain’s stage credits include playing Billie Holiday in the UK tour of The Billie Holiday Story and Ella Fitzgerald in the UK premiere of Ella, Meet Marilyn. She’s performed in the Los Angeles production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, with the Groundlings improvisation troupe, The Exonerated, and The Who's Tommy at the La Jolla Playhouse.
Performers: Alexandra Linn (Lisa Kron), Joan Weber (Ann Kron), Donna M. Fox (Joy, Dottie, and Herself), Kyla Janise (Lori Jones, Kay, Mrs. Price, Cynthia, and Herself), Michael Alban (Howard Norris, Head Nurse and Himself, Shawn Naar as Jim Richardson, Nurse 2, Little Oscar, Big Oscar, and Himself).