Seattle Repertory Theatre presents Well by Lisa Kron from February 10 to March 5, 2017.
How does an adult child care for a chronically ill parent? Lisa Kron’s Well explores her complicated and loving relationship with her mother, as well as community activism and the nature of illness—all through the lens of deconstructed theatre
Kron is known for her ability to shed light on difficult subjects via dark comedy, as shown by both Well and her adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir Fun Home. For similar dark comedies, Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is both humorous and heartbreaking. Chast’s memoir will resonate with anyone navigating a relationship with elderly parents. Another gem is Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir). Lawson’s memoir is laugh-out-loud funny while managing to deal with serious issues such as mental health and family dynamics with eloquence and insight.
Well also delves into community activism, specifically Kron’s mother’s tireless efforts to keep her local neighborhood community together. To learn more about local Seattle community activism efforts, check out Arthur O’Donnell’s helpful In the City of Neighborhoods: Seattle’s History of Community Activism and Non-profit Survival Guide.
Finally, if you’re intrigued by Kron’s deconstructed theatre, you may want to learn more about the father of deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, in Simon Glendinning’s concise and informative overview of the philosopher’s work: Derrida—A Very Short Introduction.
For these and more suggestions see the Library’s booklist for Seattle Rep’s Well.
~ posted by Elizabeth W.