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TWU opens play that riffs on familial, bodily health

On Wednesday, Texas Woman’s University Drama Department opens its third play of the season with Lisa Kron’s Well. The play runs through Feb. 24.

Directed by professor Patrick Bynane, Well is based on Kron’s experiences growing up with a mother whose social activism healed her community, all the while privately battling her own health problems.

This comedy begins innocently enough. But gradually, actors rebel against the director and the story refuses to follow the order created by the author. A 9-year-old bully tries to derail the plot, and Kron’s mother nearly takes over the theater.

The New York Times listed Well among the year’s best plays, it was anthologized in Best Plays of 2003-2004, and it was nominated for two Tony Awards in 2006.

TWU’s production features student actors Taylor Reed, Averie Bell, Denise Holcomb, Jasmine King, Kayla Harris, Julia Bodiford and Jose Olivarez. Lighting design is by TWU technical director Michael Stephens, the set is by student Kathy Cox, and costume design is by Olivarez, also an actor. Student Bronwynne Smith is the properties manager. TWU graduate student Angela Phillips is the assistant director, and student Morgan Gatson is the stage manager.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 4 p.m. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. All performances will be in the Redbud Theater Complex, on the northwest side of TWU’s Hubbard Hall, at Administration Drive at Bell Avenue.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For reservations, visit  or call 940-898-2020.

— Lucinda Breeding