Let the Right One In

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Produced in collaboration with Actors’ Shakespeare Project

October 20 – November 6, 2022

Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre

“I must be gone and live or stay and die.”

William Shakespeare and Jack Thorne from Let the Right One In.

An enchanting and eerie vampire myth and coming-of-age love story, adapted from the bestselling novel and award-winning film. As the play explores the monstrosity of humans and the humanity of monsters, we are reminded that love transcends gender and our physical being.

Oskar is a bullied, lonely teenage boy living with his mother at the edge of town when a number of sinister killings rock the neighborhood. Eli is the young girl who has just moved in next door. She doesn’t go to school and never leaves the apartment by day. Sensing in each other a kindred spirit, the two become devoted friends. What Oskar doesn’t know is that Eli has been a teenager for a very long time.

Leah Hohauser as Eli and Mishka Yarovoy as Oskar in Actors' Shakespeare Project's "Let the Right One In."

Hohauser and Yarovoy as Eli and Oskar. Photo by Nile Scott Hawver

Leah Hohauser and Richard Snee. Photo by Nile Scott Hawver.

Leah Hohauser as Eli and Mishka Yarovoy as Oskar in Actors' Shakespeare Project's "Let the Right One In."

From the Director

What do you want audiences to take away from this production of Let the Right One In?

“The humanity of the characters who are not accepted [resonates with audiences]. Oskar and Eli specifically. It reminds us that some people just existing in space can be harrowing. In the play, the horror resonates from the ‘normal’ people,” says Christopher V. Edwards, a CFA senior lecturer and artistic director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP).

What drew you to Let the Right One In for CFA and SOT’s first collaboration with ASP?

“Actors’ Shakespeare Project has always found it important to engage with and help young artists who want to do this crazy thing we call theatre. Also the story of loneliness for the characters in the play resonates with young people, well actually all people, who deal with loneliness. I think the pandemic helped us all find a new relationship to what loneliness is or can be.”

Program Book

Find the full cast, creative team, production crew, notes from the director, and more in the program book.

A coproduction of the School of Theatre and the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (ASP), Let the Right One In runs October 20 through November 6 at BU’s Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre

Director Christopher V. Edwards is a CFA senior lecturer, better known around Boston as the artistic director of ASP. He brought on board five professional actors—including Richard Snee (GRS’08) as Hakan, Eli’s protector—to work alongside the undergraduate cast.

The School of Theatre also brought in Pittsburgh-based special effects ace Steve Tolin to give a workshop and contribute his skills to the production. Tolin is known for his work on and off-Broadway, including Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and several works by English playwright Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman). What’s he providing? “Blood, a lot of blood,” Edwards says.

There Will Be Blood at the Booth Theatre

Vampire tale Let the Right One In brings together School of Theatre and Actors’ Shakespeare Project

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Boston Globe review: In a chilling ‘Let the Right One In,’ there will be blood

Read about the production in which director Christopher V. Edwards pulled audiences under a “romantic spell,” along with the “outstanding” performances of the BU actors who brought this moving vampire tale to life—as it were—on the Booth Theatre stage.

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Leah Hohauser as Eli in Actors' Shakespeare Project's "Let the Right One In" at the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre.

WBUR’s The ARTery Review of Let the Right One In

An unlikely friendship forms between a bullied boy, Oskar, and Eli that changes both of their lives forever.

This budding camaraderie is at the core of Jack Thorne’s “Let the Right One In,” produced by Actors’ Shakespeare Project in collaboration with the Boston University School of Theatre.

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Info & Credits

Directed by Christopher Edwards

Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne

Produced by Actors’ Shakespeare Project in collaboration with Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre

Photos by Nile Scott Hawver

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