EMPLOYEE of the MONTH
About This Show
EMPLOYEE of the MONTH is a talk show about dreamy careers. Catie Lazarus interviews phenomenal folks about their careers, be it Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, or the Guinness Book of World Record Holder for Most Guinness Book of World Records. Her guests also receive the coveted Employee of the Month Award, which falls somewhere between a Nobel Peace Prize and free cup of coffee. The podcast is released weekly and you can attend live tapings monthly in New York at Joe's Pub. To get involved, get on the mailing list, donate or visit www.employeeofthemonthshow.com.
Most Recent Episode
LISA KRON on writing Fun Home, performing Well, and how winning a Tony Award pays off.
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It's easy to mistake Lisa Kron for a comedian due to her wry wit, self effacing nature, and comic timing, but Kron is a rarity in the theater word as she doesn't take herself too seriously. An actor and Tony winning playwright, Kron prefers to write and perform characters who can roam emotionally. She grounds comedy in reality and she can depict her own characters and others with equal dexterity and vulnerability.
In our interview, Kron talks about writing her first musical Fun Home with composer Jeanine Tesori, that is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel. We also discuss The Ver**zon Play, which premiered 2012 Humana Festival, and surprisingly did not turn her into a Sprint customer.
Kron was a downtown darling in New York's theater world, but her show Well put her on the proverbial international map when it was named “Best Play of 2004” by the New York Times, moved to Broadway, and she and her co-star Jayne Houdyshell received Tony nods. Kron wrote and starred in Well, as she did with 2.5 Minute Ride and we talk about what it's like to perform your own stories versus adapting other people's. She seems to love to do both, although nothing tops performing in Person of Szechwan while also staging Fun Home, which she won a duly deserved Tony award. We talk about what a Tony does and doesn't do for your career financially and how writing for television may be a necessary way for theater rats to pay the bills and how Fun Home broke the barriers and made inroads for LGBTS. After you hear our interview, you'll probably want to change your major to Lisa. To learn more about Lisa Kron go to www.lisakron.com
Our next live taping is Thursday September 24th at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. To find out more, go to www.employeeofthemonthshow.com and @catielazarus