Johns Hopkins Gazette | February 9, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 9, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 21
Theatre Hopkins Opens Season With Lisa Kron's 'Well'

By Amy Lunday

Theatre Hopkins will open its first production of the current season, Lisa Kron's Well, on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Mattin Center's Swirnow Theater on the Homewood campus. A founding member of the theater company Five Lesbian Brothers, performance artist, actress and playwright, Kron was nominated for a Tony Award for this innovative work.

Kron has penned an autobiographical comedy, in the style of Thornton Wilder, in which she discovers that the barriers and bonds between mother and daughter are as mysterious as those within the interracial Midwestern community where she was raised.

In his enthusiastic Broadway review in 2006, New York Times critic Ben Brantley noted that through Kron's themes — "illness and integration, in both the social and cosmic senses" — the play "keeps surprising itself with glimpses of an emotional depth, both murky and luminous."

Edward Albee also praised the play, saying, "Lisa Kron's Well is a splendid play — very funny and deeply serious. If an audience will give itself to it without preconceptions of how a play should behave, then they will have a deeply satisfying time."

The Theatre Hopkins cast is led by Lisa Hodsoll and Gail Anderson and features John D'Amato, Laura Gifford, Tawana Kane and Archie Williams.

Unable to contribute to Baltimore's Free Fall program earlier this season, Theatre Hopkins is making free tickets available for its two Friday evening performances, Feb. 20 and 27. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited.

The production will run three weekends through Sunday, March 1. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday performances is 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 on Saturday and Sunday; student rush tickets are $5 at curtain time, if space allows.

In addition to Well, Theatre Hopkins will present two Saturday matinee staged-reading performances of Ancestral Voices by A.R. Gurney at 2 p.m. on Feb. 21 and 28, also in the Swirnow Theater. Tickets are $10.

For reservations or information regarding either production, contact Theatre Hopkins at 410-516-7159 or


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