Doris to Darlene, A Cautionary Valentine: In the candy-colored 1960s, biracial schoolgirl Doris is molded into pop star Darlene by a whiz-kid record producer who culls a top-ten hit out of Richard Wagner's "Liebestod." Rewind to the candy-colored 1860s, where Wagner is writing the melody that will become Darlene's hit song. Fast-forward to the not-so-candy-colored present, where a teenager obsesses over Darlene's music - and his music teacher. Three dissonant decades merge into an unlikely harmony in this time-jumping pop fairy tale about the dreams and disasters behind one transcendent song. Jordan Harrison is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient
"Doris to Darlene: A Cautionary Valentine is a quirky and enjoyable love letter to music and its seductive power to make us lose ourselves...Harrison's language is by turns so punchy, poetic and observant." - New York Daily News
"Mr. Harrison's play has an affectionate, music-loving heart." - New York Times
"Doris to Darlene has much going for it: Harrison's intelligence, originality and passion." - Time Out New York
"Harrison's teasing, rapturous chamber opera of a play spins and crackles like a beloved old 78 under a bamboo needle...Doris to Darlene is that rare thing: a rarefied theatrical experiment that has the glow of pure entertainment and the warmth of a folktale." - Newsday
Playwrights Horizons, under Artistic Director Tim Sanford, produced the world premiere of Doris to Darlene in December 2007. The production was directed by Les Waters.