"Cunning, uproarious and exhilarating"
- Michael Feingold, The Village Voice
Lisa Kron's carefully orchestrated "multicharacter exploration of issues of health and illness" (according to her grant proposal!) is disrupted when her actual mother appears on stage with her and proves to be considerably more interesting to the actors hired by Lisa than the play Lisa wrote...leading us all to contemplate in deeply felt hilarity and chaos: what brings wellness to our community, to our relationships, and to ourselves?
This Tony-nominated play was described in the NY Times as one that "keeps surprising itself with glimpses of an emotional depth, both murky and luminous, that goes beyond any tidy narrative." Come be flummoxed, delighted and lifted up by the Broadway debut of the Tony winner (Book of a Musical) for FUN HOME!
Sebastian Ryder (Lisa Kron) is thrilled to make her WRT debut! She was featured in the independent films Nothing Like Dreaming, Requiem, and Boxkicker; as well as appearing on Law and Order: SVU, The Americans, Spike Lee’s Netflix reboot of She’s Gotta Have It, and Blindspot. Sebastian has been nominated for two New Hampshire Theatre Awards for her work as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret and as Middle Camille in The Waltz, both at Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Other favorite roles include Rosie in Mamma Mia, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, and Sister Aloysius in Doubt. When she’s not traveling for work, Sebastian splits her time between New York City and Vermont. A devout believer in higher education, Sebastian has a BA in Dramatic Literature from Purchase College and an MFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, and has been known to be an adjunct professor of acting from time to time.X
Lisa Foley* (Ann Kron) has previously performed with Wellesley Rep in Little Moon of Alban, After Mrs. Rochester, Pride’s Crossing, Under Milkwood, Our Town, The Importance of Being Earnest, And a Nightingale Sang and Holiday. She was IRNE nominated for her performances in The Mai, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Trip to Bountiful. She fondly remembers the Sour Grapes Collaborative production of A Christmas Carol: one stage manager and four actors, outnumbered by the outsized paper mache puppets that rounded out the cast. The puppets still reside in her guest room closet. Sometimes she forgets to warn her AirBnB guests.X
Jade Guerra is very excited to be making her debut performance at Wellesley Repertory Theatre. A Boston Native recent credits include Macbeth ( Actor Shakespeare Project), Calendar Girls (Greater Boston Theatre Co.), The Legend of Georgia McBride (Greater Boston Theatre Co.), Shakespeare in Love (Speakeasy Stage), Julius Caesar (Actors Shakespeare Project). She is a member of Theatre Espresso, an educational theater company that performs in the New England area for students. Jade is a graduate of Ithaca College. Thank you to Marta Rainer for this opportunity and to her family for their constant support.X
Daniel Boudreau is thrilled to make his return to the wonderful Wellesley Repertory Theatre where he was last seen as Solyony in the 2015 production of Three Sisters, which received an IRNE nomination as best play that year and was also directed by the brilliant Ms. Rainer. Daniel’s recent stage roles include, among others: Oliver in As You Like It (Merely Players), The Porter in Macbeth (It’s a Fiasco), Boyet in Loves Labours Lost (Theater @ First), Lieutenant Schrank in West Side Story (Fiddlehead Theatre Company), Griffin in Distant Neighbors (Fresh Ink Theatre), and Husband in The Fence (Second Act Productions). Daniel is the artistic director of Boston’s Praxis Stage, for which he directed the US Premiere of Neil Bartlett’s dramatic adaptation of Albert Camus’ The Plague and co-directed the IRNE nominated productions of Incident at Vichy and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. For Praxis he has also appeared in a handful of roles including, Joe Keller in All my Sons, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Bertozzo in Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and D’Amico in Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (IRNE Nomination, Best Ensemble). www.praxisstage.comX
Diana Lobontiu having been an assistant director twice before with Wellesley Rep, Diana is happy to be making her debut as an actor! Diana graduated from Wellesley College this past spring, where she concentrated in Theatre Studies and Psychology, and she is an alum of the National Theatre Institute at the O’Neill. Over the past year she has been performing her solo show “Sfânta (Holy One)”, which she devised as her thesis here at Wellesley, and where it subsequently won the Pamela Daniels Fellowship. This past summer Diana has taken “Sfânta” on the road to the Minneapolis and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, and she will perform at the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival in Kalamazoo this coming May. Many thanks to Lisa Kron for writing this zany work, to Marta for choosing this zany work, and to Audrey for being a great girlfriend (nothing to do with this zany work).X
Joshua Wolf Coleman* has worked with luminaries of the stage including Edward Albee, Joseph Chaiken and Anne Bogart. At The Guthrie Theater, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse. Roles include: Norry the drag queen, the Headless Sheep, Puddn’head Wilson, and Macbeth, Lysander, Friar Lawrence, Angleo and Iago. Playing President Obama in Web series Obama Monologues right now Television work includes Bosch, How to Get Away With Murder, The West Wing, Scandal, House, Huff, Grays Anatomy and Touchstone’sHidalgo.X
Director: Marta Rainer
Stage Manager: Lindsay Garofalo*
Set Design: David Towlun
Prop Master: Kim Towlun
Lighting Design: Graham Edmonson
Costume Design: Chelsea Kerl
Sound Design: George Cooke
Vocal Coach: Paul Michael Valley
Assistant Director: Leila Silberstein
Assistant Stage Manager: Kimberly Burton
Box Office Manager: Audrey Powers