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