Category Archive: 2018-2019

2018-2019 Lisa Kron / Anna Deavere Smith Season

For my first full season at Profile, I wanted to do something extra ambitious: a special double season featuring two of our most celebrated, most important national playwrights in conversation for a full eighteen months. Two writers at the peak of their powers, whose work over the last twenty-five years will seem shockingly urgent and relevant and taken together, will connect us with Americans of every shape, size, creed and color and remind us of the tapestry in which we live.
-Profile Artistic Director, Josh Hecht

2019-2019 Lisa Kron / Anna Deavere Smith Season

2.5 Minute Ride
By Lisa Kron
January 25 – February 11, 2018

In her solo show 2.5 Minute Ride, Lisa Kron invites her audience (and her girlfriend Peg) on the Kron family “vacation” to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. You see, in spite of near-blindness, diabetes and a heart condition, Lisa’s 74-year-old father insists on yearly trips to the world capital of roller coasters. But this isn’t the only journey Lisa takes with her ailing father. She also accompanies Walter to Auschwitz, where his parents were killed, and where she understands more clearly the joys and sorrows of her father’s heart. With wit and compassion, Lisa creates a complex and searingly funny meditation on how human beings make sense of tragedy, grief, and everyday life.

Wonderfully evocative and often seriously funny, [Kron] sets off emotional vibrations that just won’t stop. -New York Times

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The Secretaries
By The Five Lesbian Brothers
Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey & Lisa Kron
June 14 – July 1, 2018

Pretty Patty Johnson is thrilled to join the secretarial pool at the Cooney Lumber Mill in Big Bone, Oregon under the iron-fisted leadership of sultry office manager Susan Curtis. But she soon begins to feel that all is not right—the enforced diet of Slim-Fast shakes, the strange clicking language between the girls, the monthly disappearance of a lumberjack. By the time Patty discovers murder is part of these office killers’ skill set, it’s too late to turn back! In the guise of satiric exploitation-horror, The Secretaries takes an unflinching look at the warping cultural expectations of femininity and the ways women themselves are often the enforcers of sexism.

‘The Secretaries’ is like a mashup of ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Portlandia’Chicago Tribune

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Fires in the Mirror
By Anna Deavere Smith
October 24-28, 2018

In August 1991 simmering tensions in the racially polarized Brooklyn, New York neighborhood of Crown Heights exploded into riots after an African-American boy was killed by a car in a rabbi’s motorcade and a Jewish student was slain in retaliation. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Fires in the Mirror is dramatist Anna Deavere Smith’s stunning exploration of the events and emotions leading up to and following the Crown Heights conflict. Through her portrayals of more than two dozen adversaries, victims, and eyewitnesses, using verbatim excerpts from their observations derived from interviews she conducted, Smith provides a brilliant, Rashoman-like documentary portrait of contemporary ethnic turmoil.

Quite simply the most compelling and sophisticated view of urban racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter. –New York Times

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In the Wake
By Lisa Kron
November 29 – December 16, 2018

It’s Thanksgiving of 2000 and the presidential election still has not been decided. Ellen insists that her friends and family don’t understand how bad the situation really is. But no one—not her loving partner, Danny, nor the passionate Amy, nor the brutally pragmatic and world-weary Judy— can make Ellen see the blind spot at the center of her own politics and emotional life. A funny, passionate, and ultimately searing play that illuminates assumptions that lie at the heart of the American character—and the blind spots that mask us from ourselves.

Smart, moving and undeniably sexy.San Francisco Chronicle

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Let Me Down Easy
By Anna Deavere Smith
Playing in rotating repertory with Well.
Spring 2019 (Specific dates tba) 

In this theater piece constructed from verbatim interview transcripts, Anna Deavere Smith examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. Drawn from in-person interviews, Smith creates an indelible gallery of 20 individuals, known and unknown—from a rodeo bull rider and a World Heavyweight boxing champion to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. A work of emotional brilliance and political substance from one of the treasures of the American theater. Originally created as a one-person show, the Profile Theatre production will feature the same six-person cast performing Lisa Kron’s Well.

Vitally important, wide-ranging and ultimately very moving. –Los Angeles Times

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By Lisa Kron
Playing in rotating rep with Let Me Down Easy
Spring 2019 (Specific dates tba)

In the opening moments of this Tony-nominated Best Play on Broadway, Lisa Kron assures us this play is not about her mother and her. But, of course, it is about her mother, and her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this self-professed solo show with people in it, Kron asks the provocative question: Do we create our own illness? The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory.

This glorious and funny new play opens doors of insight and emotion that no other play in New York is opening. I fell in love with ‘Well.’New York Times

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2018-2019 Season subscriptions go on sale to the general public September 1, 2017.  Call 503-242-0080, 12-4pm Tuesday-Friday to purchase yours!

About Lisa Kron and Anna Deavere Smith

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron has been writing and performing theater since coming to New York from Michigan in 1984. Her work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Her play Fun Home, a musical written with composer Jeanine Tesori and based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, earned her 2 Tony Awards in 2015, for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score (with Jeanine Tesori); the show also won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Other plays include The Ver**zon Play; In The Wake which received Lortel and GLAAD Media Award nominations, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, named a “Best Play of 2010” by TimeOut and Backstage; Well, was named a “Best Play of 2004” by the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Newark Star Ledger, Backstage, and the Advocate. 2.5 Minute Ride which received OBIE, L.A. Drama-Logue, New York Press, and GLAAD Media Awards; 101 Humiliating Stories, which received a Drama Desk nomination.

Lisa is a founding member of the legendary OBIE and Bessie Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers whose plays, Oedipus at Palm Springs, Brave Smiles, Brides of the Moon and The Secretaries have all been produced by their theatrical home, New York Theater Workshop, and have been performed widely throughout the country both by the Brothers and by other companies.

Lisa has received playwriting fellowships from the Lortel and Guggenheim Foundations, Sundance Theater Lab, the Lark Play Development Center, and the MacDowell Colony, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, the Kleban Prize, and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She was a resident playwright at the American Voices New Play Initiative at Arena Stage.

As an actor. Lisa has acted in her own plays and the plays of the Five Lesbian Brothers, and also been seen in such productions as the Foundry’s Good Person of Szechwan at LaMama, The Normal Heart at the Public Theater, Spain at M.C.C., and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, at NYTW.

 Anna Deavere Smith

Actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. Her latest play, Notes From the Field, explores issues of justice and opportunity in America through the lens of education. She is recipient of two Tony nominations and three Obie awards. She was runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires in the Mirror. She has created over 15 one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews, including Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992 and Let Me Down Easy, which focused on healthcare in the United States. Television work includes The West Wing, Nurse Jackie, and Black – ish. Films include The American President, Rachel Getting Married and Philadelphia. Books include Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me. She received the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She was the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is a MacArthur Fellow, recipient of a George Polk Award in Journalism, a Ridenhour Courage Prize, and The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. She is University Professor at New York University, where she also directs the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue.