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Playwright Insight: Lisa Kron

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|by Jenny Bustance |


The biggest new show on Broadway right now is Fun Home, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. But the playwright behind the adaptation is Lisa Kron, long-time theatre veteran both on and off stage.

Playwright Insight: Lisa Kron - New York

Lisa Kron (L), Sam Gold (C), and Jeanine Tesori(R) are behind the Broadway hit Fun Home, a heartwarming tale for everyone.

Born in Ann Arbor, Kron grew up in Southern Michigan, attending Kalamazoo University where she majored in Theatre. She moved to New York in 1984 to focus solely on the performing arts. Her writing has been widely produced across the country, and all over the world. Aside from Fun Home, her work includes Well, which premiered in 2004 at the Public Theatre, and was named one of the “Best Plays of 2004” by the New York Times, Backstage, and the Advocate. The play tells the stories of mothers and daughters, of illness and wellness, and is semi-autobiographical.

It ran both on and off Broadway in 2006, garnering Tony Award nominations for the lead performers. She also wrote In The Wake, which received Lortel and GLAAD Media Award nominations. It was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and was named a “Best Play of 2010” by TimeOut and Backstage.

Kron has been showered with accolades for her playwriting, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and grants from NYFA and the Creative Capital Foundation. But she is also an accomplished actress as well. In 1983, Michael Kahn chose her to be a member of the ANTA Company, giving her the opportunity to tour with three plays in rep for a season.

She has also performed in her own plays as well, as in The Normal Heart at the Public Theater, and the Foundry’s Good Person of Szechwan at LaMama. Kron recently married partner and fellow playwright Madeleine George, who is best known for her play The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence.

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