Institute History

  • 2003 Theatre Lab


Well is a "theatrical exploration" of the question: Are we, as individuals or communities, responsible for our own illnesses? I juxtapose stories of my family's history of chronic illness, my own stay in an "environmental ecology clinic," and my subsequent transition to health. Woven into this mix are stories of my childhood in a racially integrated neighborhood that was "healed" from decline by my mother's community work. To carry out this "exploration" I bring on stage with me the character of my mother and a chorus of four actors. These characters soon have ideas of their own about the course the play should take. As the play progresses, the audience is shifted from their initial identification with me and the pathologizing of my mother to an identification with my mother and questioning of my motives and narrative omniscience.
— Lisa Kron

Well has been developed with the support of the Creative Capital Foundation and an NEA/TCG Playwriting Fellowship.

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