March 23- April 23, 2017
Written by Lisa Kron, Directed by Michael Bloom
“This play is not about my mother and me,” begins the character of Lisa. But, of course, it is about her mother, and her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this “solo show with people in it,” Kron asks the provocative question: “Do we create our own illness?” The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory. “A drama of depth, infectious humor and great humanity. Riveting.” – The Star-Ledger
*Well is performed without an intermission
Post Show Discussions
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
LENS ON RACE: A community discussion series with Rabbi Amy Schwartzman of Temple Rodef Shalom, Rev. Ardine Marie of Ebenezer Baptist Church, and Andrea Bailey of the Prince William County NAACP Unit
April 2, 2017
Following the 2pm performance-
Well touches on the important parts of Lisa Kron’s early life. One of the most significant occurrences in her childhood was her mother’s work with the neighborhood association to end segregation in their neighborhood. We’ll discuss creating healthy communities and who needs to show up to start the healing process.
MEET THE CAST: A talkback with the talented performers
April 15, 2017
Following the 2 pm performance-
Well is an ingeniously constructed play-within-a-play. The cast is challenged with a meta-theatrical non-linear play structure that demands that they portray both the characters within Lisa’s play and the actors who play them. We’ll hear from the talented cast about balancing the many facets of this brilliant play.
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
Autumn Light by Mary Exline
Song of the Woods
Oil Paintings by Mary Exline
In her early 20s, Arlington resident Mary Exline took classes in interior design and used watercolor to develop the interiors. Later, her younger sister Paula encouraged her to do little paintings, sparking Exline’s interest in studying other artists and taking watercolor classes at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. From 2008 to 2016, Exline studied oil painting at the Vander Zee School of Painting in Alexandria.
Her current style of painting started during those years, when she was inspired by the artist Brian Rutenberg. Recently Exline has begun to create tonalist paintings from the era of George Innis that are poetic, suggestive, spiritual, and deeply personal.
Sunday, April 2, 4:30 to 6:30 PM