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Stages and Pages: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)

Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)

Stages and Pages is an ongoing partnership created between the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).  Visit Stages and Pages for details of the partnership and scroll down to link to a list of Titles To Explore for each play in the 2018-2019 season.  These titles are gathered by a team of OPL Librarians for you, the playgoer.  Borrow these titles and further explore the thought-provoking themes of the plays.


Fifteen year old Laura is a little rounder than her classmates, wears long sleeves to cover her scars, and most importantly, she is a writer. At the height of her youth, she's fascinated with death; her haunting, beautiful writing focuses on the minutest of feelings when experiencing the death of others.


The audience meets Laura ten years later as a twenty-five year old woman. Throughout the play, she recounts the sordid history with English teacher Mr. Wells with whom she had an affair. What brings it all back? Laura is standing on the doorstep of Mr. Well's house, knocking on the front door, seeing his wife and two children starting their day.


Written by Rose Napoli, the play moves quickly between the past and the present as Laura recalls the details of her relationship, how it began and how it ended. Not only does this experience prompt her sexual awakening, but more importantly, it ignites her literary awakening.


You can experience Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) for yourself from April 30-May 17, 2019 at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. I promise you'll be thinking about these two characters long after the last curtain.


GCTC 2018-2019: Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells)by Candice_LibraryBiblio

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells), which opens at the GCTC on April 30, 2019.

  • Image: Alone in the Classroom
    A student and teacher relationship from 1929 has surprising present-day repercussions in this Canadian novel.
  • Image: Kay's Lucky Coin Variety

    Kay's Lucky Coin Variety

    A Novel
    By Choi, Ann Y. K.
    A coming of age novel set in 1980s Toronto from the perspective of a young aspiring writer who also happens to be obsessed with her English teacher.
  • Image: What Was She Thinking?

    What Was She Thinking?

    Notes on A Scandal
    By Heller, Zoë
    A detailed look at a student-teacher relationship from the perspective of Barbara, the female teacher’s friend. More than one obsession takes place in this psychological novel.
  • Image: A Kiss Remembered
    Now an adult, Shelley comes face to face with the high school teacher with whom she shared one passionate kiss.
  • Image: The Rest of Us

    The Rest of Us

    By Lott, Jessica
    Fifteen years after an affair with her poetry professor, Terry finds his obituary online. This discovery leads her to take a long look at how her life and the expectations she had when she was young.
  • Image: You Deserve Nothing

    You Deserve Nothing

    By Maksik, Alexander
    Told from multiple perspectives, Maksik’s novel details the affair of teacher Will Silver and rebellious student Marie. Set in Paris, the city almost becomes a character unto itself.
  • Image: The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    By Fitzgerald, F. Scott
    Passages from this classic novel are shared aloud between Lauren and Mr. Wells throughout the play. Experiencing this novel after seeing Napoli’s play will give new meaning to both Gatsby and the Lauren’s story.
  • Image: Excavation


    A Memoir
    By Ortiz, Wendy C.
    In this literary memoir, Ortiz shares her experience having an affair with her private school teacher – the same person who encouraged her passion for writing.
  • Image: The Art of Death

    The Art of Death

    Writing the Final Story
    By Danticat, Edwidge
    Danticat explores the various manifestations of death while weaving in personal history and literary examples. This title complements the character Lauren’s creative writing.
  • Image: The Memoir Project

    The Memoir Project

    A Thoroughly Non-standardized Text for Writing & Life
    By Roach Smith, Marion
    If the time has come for you to share your own story like Lauren has, this is the essential guide for you.