Lo (or Dear Mr. Brown) by Rose Napoli

 

Episode 1

It was ten years ago that Laura was Alan Wells’ student at Corpus Christi High School. She was uncharacteristically intelligent for fifteen years old – perceptive and vulnerable – dream student for a flailing English teacher. Years later, all that remains is the dust of controversy that surrounds their relationship.  Now, at twenty-five years old, Laura has written her first book. She’s called it ‘Dear Mr. Wells’ and Alan is the first person she wants to read it.
Told through the lens of a young woman in retrospect, Lo explores how in the same breath, a relationship can both save and sink us.

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.

Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.

Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.

 About Rose Napoli.

Rose is a Toronto-based playwright, actress, and producer. Her first play, Oregano, was shortlisted for the Tarragon Emerging Playwright’s Competition and premiered at the Storefront Theatre enjoying sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Her plays include: Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells), and SHREW (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare). She has taken part in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hipprogram and the Playwright’s Unit with the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Coming up, Rose will be developing her short play, A Death and the Marias, into a full-length piece with the Playwright’s Unit at the Tarragon Theatre. As an actress, Rose is a two-time participant in the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program and has worked in theatres across the country. Currently, she is playing the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh at Roseneath Theatre.


Episode 2

When English teacher Mr. Wells invites fifteen-year-old Laura to join the Creative Writing Club after school, she quickly realizes she is the club’s only member. He tells her she’s a talented writer and wants to nurture her gift. She wants him to not just teach her, but express his artistic side. But things start to heat up when Laura prys for information about his private life. Why didn’t he mention he has a wife?
Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.
Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.
Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.
About the Actors:David Jansen – Mr. Wells
David has performed leading and supporting roles in theatres throughout Canada and the U.K., including Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Mirvish Productions, Soulpepper, Theatre Passe Muraille, Necessary Angel, Factory, Videocabaret, The Theatre Centre, five years at the Stratford Festival, four years at the Shaw Festival, and a season with The Peter Hall Company. David also directs, teaches, and works at the Tarragon as Interim Literary Coordinator. He and his wife Fiona live in Niagara on the Lake, and have two daughters, Molly and Nora.
Vivien Endicott-Douglas – Laura
Vivien was born and raised in Toronto, Vivien is currently rehearsing Killer Joe at the CoalMine Theatre in Toronto’s East End. Her other notable theatre credits include: Harper Regan (CanadianStage) Stopheart (Factory), Forests (Tarragon), A Boy Called Newfoundland (Theatre Smash), Hush (Tarragon) and Ajax por nobody (Summerworks). She has appeared in the TV shows Hemlock Grove (Netflix),Copper (BBC America), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Rookie Blue (CTV) and The Line (TMN). Other notable film/ TV credits include: Forget & Forgive, The Shape of Rex, Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, How Eunice Got Her Baby, An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving, Finn on the Fly and Shoebox Zoo.


Episode 3

Warning: NSFW

Laura, a 15 year-old school girl, is in an inappropriate relationship with her English teacher, Mr. Wells. Laura thinks she is in love, but he’s in a complicated marriage he can’t leave. Mr. Wells promises they have a future together and isn’t just in it for the sex. Things ignite when his wife calls during the couple’s secret night of passion in a rented hotel room.

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) by Rose Napoli.
Featuring Vivien Endicott-Douglas and David Jansen. The original workshop production was directed by Andrea Donaldson.
Produced by Chris Tolley and Laura Mullin.


Interview with Rose Napoli

In this bonus episode, we interview the playwright behind “Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells)”, Rose Napoli.

Rose talks about her inspiration for her play, including Vladimir Nabokov’s book Lolita, and how she uses elements of her life to inform her writing. As a former teacher in a high school in Windsor, Rose had the unique perspective of being a young teacher to students who were only a few years her junior. When a scandal rocked the school where she was teaching, the kernel of an idea for her play was born.

Rose is a Toronto-based playwright, actress, and producer. Her first play, Oregano, was shortlisted for the Tarragon Emerging Playwright’s Competition and premiered at the Storefront Theatre enjoying sold-out houses and critical acclaim. Her plays include: Ten Creative Ways to Dispose of your Cremains, Lo (Or Dear Mr Wells), and SHREW (A Big Fat Italian Comedy Inspired by William Shakespeare). She has taken part in Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hipprogram and the Playwright’s Unit with the Thousand Islands Playhouse. Coming up, Rose will be developing her short play, A Death and the Marias, into a full-length piece with the Playwright’s Unit at the Tarragon Theatre. As an actress, Rose is a two-time participant in the Banff/Citadel Professional Theatre Program and has worked in theatres across the country. Currently, she is playing the title role in The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh at Roseneath Theatre.