Celebrated queer performance artists Lisa Kron and Moe Angelos join theater historian Sara Warner in a conversation about their collective pasts and present collaborations. As members of The Five Lesbian Brothers, an OBIE award-winning troupe of Sapphic satirists, Kron and Angelos make audiences squeal and squirm with their polymorphously perverse sex comedies rooted in the parodic inversion of genres, societal norms and theatrical conventions. Their independent projects (Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride and Well) and artistic alliances (Angelos’ work with Ann Bogart and the Builders Association) reflect a sustained commitment to the aesthetics and politics of New York’s famed WOW Café, the crucible of lesbian performance, where they honed their craft. These culture workers will discuss their careers, comedic influences, and current endeavors, including Kron’s musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home and Angelos’ holographic incarnation as Susan Sontag in the critically-acclaimed Sontag: Reborn.
Moe Angelos has been one of The Five Lesbian Brothers since 1988, who have received a Bessie, an OBIE and other dustable honors. Moe has collaborated with the OBIE-Award winning Builders Association as a performer and writer since the last century and has appeared in several Builders’ productions, in several countries, on several continents. She has been involved with NYC’s WOW Café since 1981 and has appeared in the work of many Way-Off-Broadway luminaries including Carmelita Tropicana, Anne Bogart, Holly Hughes, Lois Weaver, Kate Stafford, Brooke O’Harra, Half Straddle and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, to name a few. Moe works in United Scenic Artists 829, assisting with Hollywood magic when she is not treading the boards. She is an affiliated artist at Sarah Lawrence College for the 2013-14 academic year where she’s teaching The Young People how to make solo work. To hear more of what she has to say about show business, visit http://madehereproject.org/ and browse the artists.
Lisa Kron’s work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. Plays include Fun Home, a musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel written with composer Jeanine Tesori set to premiere at the Public Theater this fall; The Ver**zon Play (Humana Festival of New Plays 2011); In The Wake (Lortel and GLAAD best play noms., Lilly Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist, included in "Best Plays of 2010-2011"); Well (included in "Best Plays of 2003-2004" and produced on Broadway in 2006 in a production that earned two Tony Award nominations); 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie, L.A. Drama-Logue and GLAAD Media Awards); 101 Humiliating Stories (Drama Desk nom.). As an actor she has most recently been seen in the Foundry Theater’s production of Good Person of Szechuan starring Taylor Mac (returning to the Public Theater this fall), and as dance critic Walter Terry in Richard Move’s Martha @... The 1963 Interview. She has received playwriting fellowships from the Lortel and Guggenheim Foundations, Sundance Theater Lab, the Lark Play Development Center, the American Voices New Play Institute, and the MacDowell Colony, as well as the Cal Arts/Alpert Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. Lisa is a founding member of the OBIE and Bessie-Award-winning collaborative theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers. She is on the playwriting faculty of the Yale School of Drama, and serves on the board of the McDowell Colony and the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Sara Warner is an associate professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. She is the author of Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure, which received the ATHE Outstanding Book Award, an honorable mention for the ASTR Barnard Hewitt Award, and was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist.