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Love Person: Tangled Tale with a BU Twist

Company One play unfolds in Sanskrit, ASL, English, and email

Jacqueline Emmart and Sabrina Dennison in Love Person, Company One theatre theater Boston

Jacqueline Emmart (Maggie) and Sabrina Dennison (Free) portray a couple who communicate with sign language in the Boston premiere of Love Person by Aditi Brennan Kapil, at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre. Photo by Craig Bailey

A four-part romantic ronde told in Sanskrit, American Sign Language, English, and email, the new Company One production Love Person is an ensemble piece about hopes raised, hopes dashed, mixed signals, and the power of information technology. In its Boston premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, Aditi Brennan Kapil’s inventive play is staged for both hearing and deaf audiences.

Directed by M. Bevin O’Gara CFA’04), the play interweaves the stories of four characters, Vic, Ram, Free, and Maggie. Ram (Nael Nacer), a Boston University professor of Sanskrit, and Vic (Scarlett Redmond) are in the throes of a whirlwind romance, while Vic’s deaf sister, Free (Sabrina Dennison), and her hearing partner, Maggie (Jacqueline Emmart), struggle with the demands of bridging their two worlds. The plot simmers and thickens with a succession of emotionally laden conversations in four overlapping languages, with the help of plasma screens and easily visible signing.

In a review for Boston Broadway World, Nancy Grossman describes Love Person as an engaging play that “focuses on and gives special significance to language, facial expressions, and the complications that sometimes develop in relationships when we’re not paying enough attention.”

Kapil is an actress, writer, and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent who was raised in Sweden, but now lives in Minneapolis. Love Person received the 2009 National Theatre Conference Barry and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award.

Love Person runs through June 23 at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatre, 539 Tremont St., in the South End. Find more information and directions or purchase tickets here.

Susan Seligson, Senior Writer for BU Today and Bostonia
Susan Seligson

Susan Seligson can be reached at sueselig@bu.edu.

One Comment on Love Person: Tangled Tale with a BU Twist

  • Jessica on 06.18.2012 at 3:36 pm

    Don’t forget about BU’s Chris Robinson, the ASL community liaison on the production, and CFA professor Ilana Brownstein, the dramaturg!

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