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.
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!
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