Vivien Endicott-Douglas and Sam Kalilieh in Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

LO (or Dear Mr. Wells)

By Rose Napoli

Ten years ago, Laura was a student in Alan Wells’ English class. She was uncharacteristically smart for a fifteen-year-old—perceptive and vulnerable—a dream for a flailing teacher. Now, at twenty-five, Laura has written her first novel. She’s called it Dear Mr. Wells, and Alan is the first person she wants to read it…

Weaving seamlessly from present to past, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) burrows in the grey areas of consent. A coming-of-age, a love story, a vindication, Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) examines a relationship that both corrupts and liberates.

“Napoli’s skill as a wordsmith shines”

“...a worthy prompt for ongoing dialogue on the issues raised”

Toronto StarKaren Fricker

“Is genuine consent possible in a relationship in which one person has authority over the other?”

“Napoli sets up an impressive, two-sided irony...”

The Globe and MailMartha Schabas

“...there is rarely this level of nuance in the narrative of sexual assault.”

Mooney on TheatreDorianne Emmerton

Production Details

1 Male

1 Female

Unit Set

1 Act, 90 minutes

By Rose Napoli

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Production History

Premiered as part of The Consent Event at Nightwood/Crows Theatre (2017).

It has gone on to have subsequent productions at Neptune Theatre (Halifax) and the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa).


Nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play

A Hungarian translation is currently being developed.

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