Love Person

by  Aditi Brennan Kapil

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  1m, 3f

"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." — Lisa Brock, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Love Person is a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English in which 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.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Romantic Comedy
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Love Person is a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English in which 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 four 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.

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Reviews

"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." — Lisa Brock, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Startling and evocative!" — Michael Opperman, 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." —Nicole Estvanik, American Theatre Magazine

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: 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.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

1m, 3f
VIC – 30s; two divorces; drinks too much; Free's sister; some basic ASL skills. Brash.
FREE – 30s-40s; deaf; Maggie's lover; Vic's older sister. Uses ASL exclusively, does not voice. Restless.
MAGGIE – 30s-40s; English Lit professor; Free's lover. Fluent ASL, interpreting for Free is 2nd nature. When they’re alone together they sign only. Content.
RAM (pronounced RAAHM) - Sanskrit Professor from East Coast; 2nd generation, fully westernized. Here on a short visit, quiet and intelligent. Lonely.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The play is bilingual in American Sign Language and English, and as such has specific casting requirements: Casting a Deaf woman (Free), and an interpreter-level ASL proficient hearing woman (Maggie), are the main challenges. The 3rd woman (Vic) is a poor signer, this role can be learned by a non-signer. The play also requires a South Asian male who delivers a small amount of text in Sanskrit.

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Authors

Aditi Brennan Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work is produced nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a ...

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Love Person was produced a rolling world premiere as part of the National New Play Network's CLNPF Program during the 2007/2008 Season at Mixed Blood Theatre, MN; Marin Theater, CA; and Phoenix Theater, IN. The play was developed and first perfromed at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minnesota, under artistic director Jack Reueler, on February 29. 2008. It was directed by Risa Brainin.

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