Playwright and performer Lisa Kron will visit Cornell’s Department of Theatre, Film & Dance Feb. 17 to present an interactive lecture entitled, “On Trying and Failing,” at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.Kron, whose play Well received two Tony nominations, creates work that inhabits the gray area between theater and performance art. She mines performances from autobiographical material to explore the interrelation between life and art, comedy and tragedy,
the personal and the political.
Her one-woman play 2.5 Minute Ride, which juxtaposes a trip the artist took to Auschwitz with her father, a Holocaust survivor, and her family’s annual vacation to an amusement park, demonstrates that humor and horror can share the same human moment. 2.5 Minute Ride received an OBIE and GLAAD Media Award and was named the best autobiographical show of 1999 by New York Press.
Kron’s highly acclaimed In The Wake, an exploration of life during the Bush years, recently closed at the Public Theater in New York.
Kron is a founding member of the OBIE and Bessie Award-winning troupe of sapphic satirists known as The Five Lesbian Brothers. She teaches playwriting at Yale and is currently working on a musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home with Jeanine Tesori and Joe Mantello.
“On Trying and Failing” is a presentation of Performance Encounters, a Department of Theatre, Film & Dance series dedicated to supporting socially engaged artists whose work expands the parameters of theatrical forms and traditions. In this presentation, Kron shares her creative process. As an artist and an activist, she is interested less in the success or failure of a particular endeavor than in the striving — the places where human beings stumble — where we are derailed by awkwardness, grandiosity, pretentiousness, vanity. This interactive lecture explores the gap between who we think we are and how we actually behave.
Lisa Kron’s visit is presented by the Department of Theatre, Film & Dance, with support from The Program in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
“On Trying and Failing” will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Film Forum of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Ave. A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.