Lean is a one-act play by Isley Lynn, a North Carolina-born British playwright who lives and works in London. The show centers around Michael, a man struggling with anorexia, and Tessa, his estranged wife who returns with conviction to support him. A drama with a cool, British bend toward humor, Lean offers a look at eating disorders that scrambles gendered preconceptions. It also poses questions about grief and the interdependencies inherent to romantic partnerships.
The production features Anne Peyton Brothers ('19) and Jay Buchanan ('17) as co-directors and performers, with directing guidance from Cynthia Gendrich. The production team includes students as well as faculty and programming around it is set to engage with over 25 courses from the Biology, Communication, Counseling, English, Health and Exercise Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Writing Departments, as well as the interdisciplinary First-Year Seminar program.
Lean is free to the public and voluntary donations to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) will be collected at the door. Talkbacks with the playwright and experts in eating disorders and body image from Wake Forest and the wider Winston-Salem community will follow each performance.