Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Leigh Silverman

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Leigh Silverman

Article excerpt

When did you last see a lesbian playwrights name up in lights on Broadway? That's reason enough to cheer the opening of Lisa Kron's Well at New York's Longacre Theater, opening March 30. Equally unusual is the Broadway debut of Leigh Silverman, the 31-year-old lesbian director who shepherded Kron's invigorating play over the past six years through several workshops across the country, an acclaimed off-Broadway production, and an engagement in San Francisco.

"Leigh's artistic fearlessness and humanity are what I value the most," says playwright-performer Kron. "You feel that you are in a warm bath of attention and care, but in retrospect you realize that you have also been pushed out of the safety zone."

The theme is wellness--of individuals and society--but the play defies conventions. Departing from her trademark solo shows, Kron has written parts for other actors in Well, skillfully and hilariously setting herself up to allow the other characters, particularly her homebound mother, to demolish her own show. 'The play is really emotionally satisfying and transformative at the end, and the audience's perspective has to completely change," says Silverman. …

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