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1524 SPRING HILL ROAD | TYSONS, VA 22102 | (703) 854-1856


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

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 *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.


BE WELL: A conversation with Gary Kreps, Director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication at George Mason University
April 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm-
Dr. Kreps is a distinguished professor at GMU with over 30 years of health and risk communication experience. His considerable experience includes community health policy promotion, cancer screening information dissemination, and effective health advocacy. He is the founding co-director of the Global Advocacy Leadership Academy (GALA) program to promote effective health advocacy organizations to champion the needs of health consumers and caregivers around the world. He will join us prior to the 8:00 performance on Friday, April 21 to discuss the impact of physical wellness on cultural and community wellness as explored by the character Lisa in Well. Don’t miss this thought-provoking conversation!

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LAURA ARTESI* (Joy, Dottie, A) is thrilled to be returning to 1st stage after previously performing in Lobby Hero earlier this season. LOCAL CREDITS: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company); As You Like It (Folger Theatre); As You Like It, Sleeping Beauty, Man in the Iron Mask (Synetic Theater). REGIONAL: Gruesome Playground Injuries (Capital T Theatre); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Threshold Repertory); A Streetcar Named Desire, Othello (City Theatre); Is He Dead?, A Lion in Winter (Footlight Players). INTERNATIONAL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Theatre Company, Macau Tour). TELEVISION: Revolution. EDUCATION: MFA, Academy of Classical Acting at GWU.


AUDREY BERTAUX* (Lisa) is delighted to be performing with 1st Stage for the first time. CREDITS include NEW YORK: A Tale Told by an Idiot (Lincoln Center Education). LOCAL: The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Hay Fever (Olney Theatre Center); Girl in the Red Corner (The Welders); Promised Land (Mosaic Theatre); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Adventure Theatre, Helen Hayes Nomination – Outstanding Production TYA); G-D’s Honest Truth (Theatre J); Moment (Studio Theatre, u/s); Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre, u/s); Phaeton (Taffety Punk); Leto Legend (Hub Theatre). REGIONAL: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chesapeake Shakespeare); Hamlet (Annapolis Shakespeare); The Grapes of Wrath, Sense and Sensibility (Cincinnati Shakespeare); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Heartland Actors Repertory). TRAINING: MFA in Acting, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.

EDWARD CHRISTIAN (Howard, Head Nurse, D) is pleased to make his 1st Stage debut. LOCAL CREDITS: Diary of Anne Frank (Olney Theatre); Falling Out Of Time, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Hampton Years (Theater J); Passion Play, Agnes Under the Big Top, The Language Archive (Forum Theatre); Taming of the Shrew [Helen Hayes nomination for Best Ensemble], Henry V (Folger Theatre); carried away on the crest of a wave (Hub Theatre); For the Love of the Nightingale (Constellation Theatre); FILM: American Milkshake (2013 Sundance selection); TV: The Men Who Built America.

MARQUIS D. GIBSON (Jim, Nurse 2, Little Oscar, Big Oscar, C) is thrilled to be making his 1st Stage debut. CREDITS include NEW YORK: Clementa Pinckney/Barack Obama in Mother Emanuel (Soho Playhouse). LOCAL: Dragon King/others in Journey to the West (Constellation Theatre); Frederick Douglass in 295N (Signature Theatre in the Schools); Bhavi in Bhavi the Avenger (Convergence Theatre); George in Intimate Apparel (Anacostia Playhouse); Preacher/Ensemble in Black Nativity–Helen Hayes/Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical Award (Theater Alliance). REGIONAL: Philadelphian in Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope (New Freedom Theatre); Lymon in The Piano Lesson (Cape Fear Regional Theatre). EDUCATION: BA, Howard University. Teaching Artist: Camp Usanii, Durham, NC. Love and light.


LOLITA MARIE (Lori/Kay/Mrs. Price/Cynthia, B) is excited to return to 1st Stage after having previously appeared in Doubt (2016 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play). OTHER CREDITS include Brownsville Song (Theater Alliance); An American Daughter (Keegan Theatre); For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (Theater Alliance); Leto Legend (Hub Theatre); The Hampton Years (Theater J); Something You Did (Uneeq); and Blood Wedding (Constellation Theatre Company). INDEPENDENT FILM AND TV CREDITS include Nubia Filmworks: Too Saved, Nocturnal Agony, and I.D. Investigation Discovery: Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry (S2, Ep1).

ELIZABETH PIEROTTI* (Ann) is delighted to be back at 1st Stage where she previously appeared in The Glass Menagerie and The How and the Why. OTHER CREDITS include The Apple Family Cycle: Sorry, Regular Singing, Sweet and Sad, and That Hopey Changey Thing [Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Ensemble], The Steward of Christendom and Silence, Cunning, Exile (Studio Theatre); The Women and The Time of Your Life  (Arena Stage); The Grapes of Wrath and Inherit the Wind (Ford’s Theatre); Never Swim Alone (Woolly Mammoth); The Well of Horniness, Shaker Heights, and Little Criminals (Source Theatre); After the Orgy and Come and Go (Scene Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew (Washington Shakespeare Company); Marathon ’33 (Horizons Theatre); Etta Jenks (Fourth Wall Productions). Ms. Pierotti trained at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

Special Events




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Start your evening at an exclusive dinner party hosted by 1st Stage supporters.  Then don your fedoras and pearls and head to the swinging 1st Stage Speakeasy. Join 1st Stage artists and patrons for an evening filled with music, dancing, signature cocktails, and special guest appearances. Still have questions? Check out our Benefit FAQ!

Show your support and get your name in front of Tysons, McLean, Vienna audiences. View our Benefit Sponsorship Packages- 1st Stage Benefit Sponsorship 2017. For more information, contact Heidi Fortune, Director of Constituent Engagement.

Dinner party locations will be distributed to attendees prior to the event along with contact information for the hosts. Join us for a truly unique evening in support of 1st Stage.

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Your support of the 9th Annual Benefit will allow us to continue providing world-class theater for this outstanding community. We are entering an exciting new growth phase as we approach our 10th anniversary season, and your support will make it possible! Thank you for supporting the future of the arts in Tysons.

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Chairs: Thomas G. Goodwin and Cheryl Matheis
Committee: John Perry, Phyllis Cela, Elizabeth Broussard, Idy Marcus, Lynn Gutter, Linda Falkerson, Eileen Mandell

Melissa and Gene Nicholson
Deborah Kahn and Harris Miller
Phyllis Cela and Gary Sidell together with Tina and Leo Rosenthal
Kathleen Gilles Seidel
Judith O. Mueller
Thomas G. Goodwin and Cheryl Matheis
Howard Forman and Elaine Weinstein
Sandra and Sandy Winans

Season 2016-2017