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.