Lisa Kron, the playwright behind the world-premiere drama In the Wake, sat down for a chat with the San Francisco Chronicle's Steven Winn.
In the interview, Lisa talks about her evolution as a theatre artist, from working with the Five Lesbian Brothers to her acclaimed solo work (2.5 Minute Ride, 101 Humiliating Stories) to her emergence as an acclaimed playwright (Well and now In the Wake).
With In the Wake, Lisa is, for the first time, not performing in her own work. She told Steven, "I'm not the right actress for any of the parts. Plus I'm too old." Lisa, we might add, turns 49 this week.
Now in previews and opening Wednesday in the Roda Theatre, In the Wake is set during the George W. Bush years and focuses on a tight group of New York friends.
Here's how Lisa described the genesis of the play:
"We've been in profound flux," said Kron, who started In the Wake when Bush was still in office. "These have been scary times - and gold for playwrights. Like everyone else, I was ranting my way through the Bush administration, and also getting fixated on certain ideas about the left. I guess the central question, which is also present in Well, is why we believe that things are always going to right themselves. Why do we believe we can only fall so far?"
In the Wake previews May 18, opens May 19, and continues through June 27. For information visit our online box office or call 510 647-2949. Hours are noon to 7pm Tuesday through Sunday.
Above: Lisa Kron photo by Joan Marcus.
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