Allen, a contributing writer for The New Yorker and New York Times, penned the monologue that was born from her diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer in 2005. I Got Sick, Then I Got Better, according to Long Wharf, "is a hilarious and wrenching riff on one woman's adventures after falling down the medical rabbit hole."
Allen has appeared in Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell and regularly performs stand-up comedy in Manhattan. Following its premiere in 2007 on Martha's Vineyard, Allen developed I Got Sick with Lapine and Darren Katz. The work will appear at the New York Theatre Workshop this fall.
Lapine is the award-winning librettist and director of the Stephen Sondheim musicals Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion. He has also collaborated on the William Finn musicals Falsettos, A New Brain and The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. His plays include Fran's Bed, Twelve Dreams, The Moment When, Table Settings and Luck, Pluck and Virtue.
The 8 PM reading of the solo play serves as a benefit for Long Wharf Theatre's Elder Play Project. There is a suggested donation of $5.
For further information visit LongWharf.org. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive in New Haven, CT.