Love Person – by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Synopsis: Love Person is a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English. The people who populate this love story are uncommonly invested in their language as it defines who they are and their place in the world. In this story love transcends sexual orientation, physical attraction, and social structure, and rests instead on the ways in which we communicate and how communication bonds or breaks us. The play is structured around 4 Sanskrit love poems that influence and reflect the journeys of the characters. Free, a Deaf woman in a relationship with Maggie, accidentally falls into a deceptive email correspondence with her sister Vic’s love interest Ram, a Sanskrit professor. Free and Ram discover a connection, based largely on an affinity between their two languages. As a result of the deception, Vic and Ram also begin to fall in love. Meanwhile Free and Maggie’s relationship struggles to survive.
Time Period: Now
Cast Size: 1M, 3F
VIC: 30’s, 2 divorces, drinks too much, Free’s sister. Some basic ASL skills. -Brash
FREE: 30’s-40’s, Deaf, Maggie’s lover, Vic’s older sister. Uses ASL exclusively, does not voice. -Restless (Deaf actress)
MAGGIE: 30’s-40’s, English Lit professor, Free’s lover. Fluent ASL, interpreting for Free is 2nd nature. When they’re alone together they sign only. -Content (actress with interpreter level ASL)
RAM: Sanskrit Professor from East Coast, 2nd generation, fully westernized. Here on a short visit, quiet and intelligent. -Lonely
Design Needs: On the back wall is a large screen where all email communications and telephone calls are displayed, also the dialogue of scenes that are ASL only, as specified.
A streetlight where Maggie interprets the scenes between Vic and Ram into ASL, and where Free performs the ASL poems in Parts 2 and 3. The streetlight provides a heightened reality where Free and Maggie connect with their memories of the past, and their present day fascinations with Ram and Vic, while at the same time providing bilingual access.
This Play is: Published with Samuel French, Inc.
- Love Person was originally created in a Many Voices Residency at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, MN, with its first reading in May 2005.
- Commissioned for further development by Mixed Blood Theater in July 2006.
- Workshopped and received a reading at the Lark Play Development Center in NY as part of Playwrights Week in September 2006.
- Selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference at the New Jersey Repertory Theater in December 2006.
- Received a Workshop Production at Icarus Falling Theatre, Lansing, MI in July 2007
- Produced in a NNPN CLNPF rolling world premiere in 2008 at Mixed Blood Theater (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theater (IN)
- Produced at Live Girls! Theater in Seattle in Fall 2008
- Produced at Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise in Winter 2008
- Produced at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago in Spring 2009
Dramaturg: Liz Engleman
Awards: Love Person received the 2009 Stavis Award for Playwriting.
“Kapil’s Love Person is a fascinating brew of emotion, wit and intellect that challenges its audience to reassess how the form of communication shapes understanding” -Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Mixed Blood’s Love Person is startling and evocative” -Twin Cities Daily Planet
“Heart pounding attraction, intense all-night conversations- Aditi Brennan Kapil’s Love Person captures the giddiness of new love affairs. But the play is even more eloquently realistic about the wear and tear that time wreaks on relationships.” -American Theatre, Front & Center, July 2008