Lisa Kron's Acclaimed Well Aims at Return New York Engagement

News   Lisa Kron's Acclaimed Well Aims at Return New York Engagement
Lisa Kron's Well, the so-called "solo show with other people" which had an acclaimed and extended run at The Public Theater March 16-May 16, 2004, may soon return to New York.

Producer Elizabeth McCann (Who's Afraid of Virigina Woolf?) hopes to bring the play back to Gotham. "We just got the final rewrite from Lisa Kron," she told May 11. "We had it out at San Francisco at ACT. Now she's made the last changes and they're very, very good."

McCann is considering both Broadway and Off-Broadway as a possible home, though she added, "Both places are pretty treacherous to new writers right now." She may use many of the original cast members, but will definitely retain Jayne Houdyshell, who won an OBIE Award for her turn as Kron's mother.

In Well, Kron leads the audience through stories of her childhood and family. This time, however, the solo performer surrounds herself with a cast — who portray various characters — and her barrier-breaking mother. Mom is a socially progressive and seemingly hypochondriacal woman who both fascinates and frustrates her daughter—and occasionally sabotages Lisa's own play by winning over the other actors and talking directly to the audience.

Leigh Silverman helmed the Off-Broadway world premiere, as well as the ACT run.

Playwright-performer Kron has also penned 2.5 Minute Ride and 101 Humiliating Stories. As an actress, she has appeared in The Vagina Monologues and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. As part of the theatre group The Five Lesbian Brothers, Kron has been booked to play in Oedipus at Palm Springs at New York Theatre Workshop this August. The play is a take on the Greek tragedy set during a vacation for two lesbian couples. McCann said Well would likely have to wait until the NYTW commitment was completed.

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