The UCSB Initiative for New and Reimagined Work & Center Stage Theater Present
by Kate Cortesi
a new play developed at the 2019 OJAI PLAYWRIGHTS CONFERENCE
Starring Joe Spano / Faline England
October 5 @ 7:30 PM
October 6 @ 2 PM
Center Stage Theater
751 Paseo Nuevo
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Times of societal energy demand forthright plays that consider the nuances of divisive social issues. Straight from the 2019 Ojai Playwrights Conference Initiative for NEW and REIMAGINED WORK comes Love, a play that faces the damaging fallout of sexual encounters in the workplace. By award-winning playwright Kate Cortesi, Love draws and redraws the unsteady lines of acceptable professional behavior, and searches the complicated grey area of power dynamics related to gender and consent.
With their romantic entanglement in the past, Penelope maintains a close friendship with her ex-lover (and former boss), Otis. Penelope is disturbed when she’s approached by a group of women, also Otis’s ex-employees, who are going public with allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. Penelope’s experience with Otis was consensual—even loving. She can’t concede that Otis is predatory, but with both sides of the story coming to light, questions arise about the legitimacy of her experiences and the veracity of the claims of the women calling foul play.
The UCSB Initiative for New and Reimagined Work — CREATE FORWARD!
The Initiative for New and Reimagined Work is a brand new program. Committed to introducing new plays to the community, the Initiative (headed by Vickie J. Scott) explores the past, the present, and the possible! The mission is to encourage and support new and reimagined works while nurturing the next generation of playwrights, directors, choreographers, designers, administrators, and performers.