Scotiabank Stage: February 5 - February 24, 2019

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LO (OR DEAR MR. WELLS)
 

By Rose Napoli
Directed by Annie Valentina

 

Scotiabank Stage

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday - 2pm & 7:30pm

Key Dates:
February 5 - Pay What You Can
February 7 - Opening Night
February 12 - Industry Night
February 13 - Talkback Night

ABOUT THE PLAY

Consent is a top of mind issue in society today. The rise of the #MeToo movement has sparked more conversation about sexual assault and harassment and has helped empower survivors to come forward and speak out about their experiences.
  
Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) puts consent, sex, power and control centre stage by shining a light on areas people might consider grey.

Ten years have passed since Laura was in a relationship with her high school English teacher. She is now a published author. As she waits at his doorstep with the novel she wrote about them in hand, we are invited into Laura's private memories of her underage romance with Mr. Wells.


Playwright Rose Napoli explores the topic of consent in this gripping two-hander about sex, power and control between a high-school teacher and his protégé-turned-lover.

Note about our actors: Both actors in Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells) are over the age of twenty and are professionally trained. To ensure the boundaries of our cast and creative team were respected, we worked with an intimacy director on site during rehearsals to make sure the actors and creative team were comfortable with the telling of this story.

 

 

CONTENT WARNING
Explicit language
Depiction of underage sexual content.
Simulated non-consensual intimacy

 

 


 

Featuring

Celia Koughan as Laura

and

Josh MacDonald as Alan


 

THE CAST and CREATIVE TEAM

 

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CELIA KOUGHAN

Role: Laura Neptune: Cinderella, Mamma Mia!; Argyle St Kitchen Party; Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart  Other Theatre: Anne & Gilbert (National Arts Centre/ The Guild); The Advent Show; (Geordie Brown Productions); Highland Storm (The College of Piping); A Christmas Carol (Confederation Centre of the Arts) Film/TV:  Pogey Beach; Anne of Green Gables (NHK TV Tokyo, Japan) Bio: I'm so grateful to be back home on the East Coast at Neptune Theatre. Thank you to everyone at Neptune, and to all my friends and family for their constant love and support. @sealeea

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JOSH MACDONALD


ROLE: Alan Wells Neptune: Shakespeare in Love, High Life, Flying on Her Own, Brat, And Then There Were None. Selected Theatre: The Odyssey (Two Planks & A Passion Theatre); Brighter Than The Light of the Sun (Ship’s Company Theatre); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Stephenville Festival). Selected Film/TV: Spinster (feature); Mr. D (CBC); Trailer Park Boys (Netflix); Sex & Violence (OutTV). Playwriting: The Mystery Play, Whereverville, Halo (all published by Talonbooks), Degrees. Screenwriting: The Corridor (feature; IFC Films); Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage (feature; eOne Entertainment); Game (Crypt TV / CBC / Vimeo Staff Pick). Teaching: Course Instructor, Screenwriting (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design); Course Instructor, Playwriting (Dalhousie University). Select Awards: “Next Wave” Award for Best Screenplay, The Corridor (Fantastic Fest, Austin, TX); Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actor, Degrees (The Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, NS).

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ANNIE VALENTINA


Role: Director Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: What to Expect When You Aren't Expected (QRB Project), King of Berlin (The Doppler Effect), Heartwood (The Doppler Effect). Annie is also known to Halifax audiences as an actor and playwright - most notably for her award-nominated solo play Alien. Film/TV appearances include: Your Money Or Your Wife, Trailer Park Boys Out of the Park: Europe, Mr D S4, Sex & Violence S1, Haven S3. Deepest gratitude to the entire LO team, to Rose for the power and sensitivity of her words, and to Ann-Marie and Jeremy for their trust with this story.

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ANDREW CULL


Role: Set Designer Neptune: Fathers and Sons, I, Claudia, The Argyle Street Kitchen Party
Other: What a Young Wife Ought to Know, East of Berlin (2b theatre) As Ever (Mulgrave Road Theatre) I, Claudia, Salt Water Moon (Globe Theatre Regina) The Debacle (Zuppa Circus Theatre) Messenger (Eastern Front Theatre), The Weekend Healer (Kazan Co-op). Andrew would like to thank his patient partner and his impatient children.

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JANET MACLELLAN


Role: Costume Designer Neptune: SMALL THINGS; BINGO! (Mulgrave Road); A BEAUTIFUL VIEW; COMMUNION (KAZAN CO-OP); MARION BRIDGE (VST) Other Theatre: His Greatness; Best Brothers; Stacey & Liz; I, Animal; Heaven Above, Heaven Below; Weekend Healer (KAZAN CO-OP) Girl In The Goldfish Bowl; Estate (LunaSea Theatre) The Gin Game;*Driving Miss Daisy; The Woman in Black;*Educating Rita; Vigil (VST) The Last Five Years;*Odd Ducks (Chester Playhouse) Other: Three-time Merritt nominee, for outstanding Costume Design. Much gratitude to Anne-Marie Kerr and the creative team.

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LEIGH ANN VARDY


Role: Lighting Designer Neptune: Recently The Bridge (co-production with 2b theatre company in association with Obsidian Theatre), Cinderella, KAMP (co-production with Eastern Front Theatre), Mamma Mia! and Saltwater Moon. Other Theatre: Recent favorite projects include The Secret Life of a Mother (Theatre Centre), The Silver Arrow (Citadel Theatre), As You Like It, The Diary of Anne Frank (Stratford), Between Breaths, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud), The Glace Bay Miners' Museum, Metamorphoses, The Importance of Being Earnest (National Arts Centre), What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The God That Comes (2b theatre). Other: Leigh Ann is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. She is the recipient of six Merritt awards for design and was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize. When not designing, she teaches at the National Theatre School of Canada.

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AARON COLLIER


Role: Composer and Sound Designer Neptune: Debut Other Theatre: One Discordant Violin (2b Theatre); Hook, Line and Sinner, Any Given Moment (Ship’s Company Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Princess Rules, New Waterford Boy, FACE, The Princess Show, NATION (Heist); I, Claudia (Felix Productions); Your Princess Is In Another Castle (Down The Well Productions); Speaking In Tongues, Pageant, The Ugly One (DMV Theatre); I, Animal (Kazan Co-op); The Confession of Jeffrey Dahmer, UNSEX’d, Castrati: An Electro Drag Opera, A Thought In Three Parts (Theatre Outré), Scarlet Woman (Lunchbox Theatre). Awards: Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Sound Design (2013, 2017, 2018) Other: Aaron is the Technical Director for Heist, a live art company he started with husband and Artistic Director Richie Wilcox. Gratitude to Ann-Marie Kerr and to the cast, crew and staff!

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AMANDA LIZ CUTTING


Amanda Liz Cutting (Intimacy Director): Amanda Liz Cutting is an Intimacy Choreographer and Director with intimacy directors international, a director, actor, and coach. Education: Mount Royal University Theatre Arts, Royal Conservatory Speech Arts, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Intensive. Selected Credits for Intimacy:  Sex with Strangers ( Theatre Canmore & DIY Theatre), I Hate Hamlet (Pine Tree Players), Until the lights went out (Pine Tree players), Haunted House Hamlet Tour (Amaze) Canmore town (Web series), Breaking Spirts (Feature Film), Breathe (Short Film) Select credits as a director include: The Thin Man (Asst.Director, Vertigo Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Pendley Shakespeare Festival) The Diary of Anne Frank (2018 Canmore Tour, Artists’ Collective Theatre, and Morpheus Theatre), Alice’s Wonderland, The Goat (or)Who is Sylvia?, Almost Maine, Spring Awakening,  (Artists’ Collective Theatre), Alice’s
Adventures in Wonderland, La Cenerentola, Love Potion No. 9, (Cowtown Opera). Selected awards: Romeo & Juliet (Joey Awards, Nominee Best Ensemble won Best Actor and Actress), Diary of Anne Frank ( Best Ensemble, Joey Awards).  Amandacutting.com

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HANNAH BURROWS


Role: Stage Manager Neptune: 9th Season; Salt-Water Moon, Marion Bridge; ASM favourites include Cinderella, Mamma Mia!, Once, Rexy!, Mary Poppins, Comedy of Errors, Sweeney Todd, La Cage. Elsewhere: Hannah has worked with Valley Summer Theatre, LunaSea, Eastern Front, Doppler Effect, Live Bait, Ship's Company, Go Fly a Kyte, San Family, Forerunner, HTYP and SarAndipity, Hannah is a graduate of Mount Allison University. In her other life she is a wedding and event coordinator @eventswithhannah

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ANDREW CHANDLER


Role: Assistant Director (Chrysalis Apprentice) Neptune: As Director: Cinderella  (Assistant Director - Chrysalis Apprentice), As actor: Shakespeare in Love, Mesa, Karen Myatt: Ladies of Song, Karen Myatt: Songs of the Silver Screen, Echoes of Time: Sagas,Tales and Myths Other Theatre: The Story of a Sinking Man, David Sedaris' Uncomfortable Christmas (Kick At The Dark Theatre); The Miracle Man, Dustbowl Joan (Two Planks and a Passion Theatre); Habit of Murder (Ship’s Company Theatre); Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes (Matchstick Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Call Me Fitz, Mr. D. Upcoming:  Miss N Me (Eastern Front Theatre) Other Directing credits: Seminar, David Sedaris' Uncomfortable Christmas (Kick At The Dark Theatre) Other: Andrew is the Artistic Producer of Kick At The Dark Theatre Co-operative. Love and thanks to Celia.

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ALISON CROSBY


Role: Assistant Lighting Designer (Chrysalis Apprentice) Neptune: Cinderella (ASM) Other Theatre: Joyride, The Little Years, The Woodcutter, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes, Bone Cage (Matchstick Theatre), Morro and Jasp Do Puberty, Criminals in Love, Lieutenant of Inishmore (Highland Arts Theatre), The Dumb Waiter, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, 4-H Club, Fight Night, She Stoops to Conquer (Motyer-Fancy Theatre), Salt-Water Moon, Going West, Art (Sackville Student Theatre), Tarzan, Anything Goes (Garnet and Gold), Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Bear, The Proposal (Windsor Theatre). Training: Mount Allison University Class of 2016.

 

 

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