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January 12, 2009
CONTACT: Suzanne Pratt
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"Well" Opens Feb. 14 at Theatre Hopkins

Theatre Hopkins will open its first production of the current season, Lisa Kron's "Well," on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Swirnow Theater in the Mattin Arts Center on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Visitor parking on campus is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211.

A founding member of the theater company, Five Lesbian Brothers, performance artist, actress and playwright Lisa Kron was nominated for a Tony Award for her work in this innovative comedy. 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 the playwright was raised. In his enthusiastic Broadway review in 2006, New York Times critic Ben Brantley notes 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 praised the play: "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."

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

Unable to contribute to Baltimore's Free Fall program earlier this season, Theater Hopkins is making free tickets available for both its Friday evening performances, Feb. 20 and 27. Reservations are recommended and 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 for Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees. Student rush tickets for $5 are available at curtain time, if space allows.

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

For reservations or information regarding either production, contact Theater Hopkins at (410) 516-7159, or by e-mail to thehop@jhu.edu.