Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli

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It was ten years ago that Laura was Alan Wells’ student at Northwood Catholic School. She was uncharacteristically intelligent for fifteen years old—perceptive and vulnerable—a dream student for an uninspired English teacher. Now, at twenty-five years old, Laura has written her first book. She calls it ‘Dear Mr. Wells’ and Alan is the first person she wants to read it.

A feminist retake on a student / teacher relationship, that wrestles with burgeoning sexuality and consent, literature and passion, right and wrong.

“...there is rarely this level of nuance in the narrative of sexual assault.” - Dorianne Emmerton, Mooney on Theatre

“Rose Napoli’s drama about a young woman’s affair with her teacher offers up complex characters and a painfully believable journey.” - Trevor Campbell, NOW Magazine

“...a worthy prompt for ongoing dialogue on the issues raised...Napoli’s skill as a wordsmith shines” - Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

Keywords: feminist student teacher literature consent sexuality

Year Printed: 2017
First Produced: Nightwood Theatre in association with Crows Theatre, Fall, 2017
Running TIme: 80 minutes
Acts: 1
Male Cast: 1
Female Cast: 1