When Penelope is approached about joining a group of women making harassment allegations against her former boss, she finds herself at an uncomfortable crossroads—the man accused was a former lover and remains a dear friend. As the women’s stories unfold, Penelope questions what happened to her, what she enabled, and her very identity. Love examines what accountability looks like when an abuser of power is one of our favorite men, and poses a radical question: Can we place love at the center of these reckonings?

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Generous season and program support for Love provided by The Shubert Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Tournesol Workshop Initiative - The Barth Foundation, and Relevant Wealth Advisors.


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Cast

  • Clea Alsip*

    Clea Alsip*

    Penelope

    Clea Alsip Broadway: M. Butterfly. Off-Broadway: John Guare's Nantucket Sleigh Ride (Lincoln Center), Neil LaBute's The Way We Get By (Second Stage), 10K, and Sparring Partner (59e59), Ping Pong (The Public), Sarah Ruhl's Stage Kiss (Playwrights Horizons), Sex of the Baby (Access Theater). Regional: Humana Festival, Williamstown, Bucks County PlayhouseLong Wharf, Westport Country Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Dorset Theater Festival, and George Street.  Film/TV: “Tales of the City,” "The Sinner," "Billy & Billea," "Boardwalk Empire," "Friend Therapy," 10K, Cabin Fear, Hunter&Game.  Education: BA, Stanford University; MFA, NYU Graduate Acting. Joint Founder of the new not-for-profit production company The HATCH.

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  • Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari*

    Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari*

    Jamie

    Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari is excited about Love. Bakhtiari is a regional theater and tv actor, and owns an offbeat philanthropic car wash with a dinosaur exhibit. Most recent regional credits include Yoga Play at SF Playhouse and Laguna Playhouse, among others. On TV, Bakhtiari can be seen on Homeland, NCIS, Silicon Valley and others, and will likely be seen in Indie films chasing someone or inspiring awkwardly compelling moments. Bakhtiari is fervent about spontaneous dancing, works to expand his movement vocabulary regularly, and seeks to cultivate the ever proliferating treasures of generosity, community, and gratefulness everywhere. As a Board of Director member for Moms Against Poverty, he leads digital media and outreach activities, for a non-profit devoted to orphan care and education globally. Bakhtiari is a graduate of Bowdoin College with certificates in Anger Management, Nicotine Cessation, and Drama Therapy. Touchfreewash.com

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  • R. Ward Duffy*

    R. Ward Duffy*

    Otis

    Ward is overjoyed to be making his Marin Theatre Company debut in Kate Cortesi’s LOVE. In New York, he has appeared at Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center, New Dramatists and the Cherry Lane Theatre, among others. Regional credits include Alias Grace, Speaking In Tongues, Othello, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Admissions, As Bees In Honey Drown, Twelve Angry Men, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; As You Like It, The Three Musketeers, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Pioneer Theatre Company; Good People, The Other Place, Race, Hartford TheaterWorks; True West, Banyan Theater Company; The Immigrant, George Street Playhouse; as well as productions for the Missouri, Indiana, Asolo and Merrimack Repertory theaters, Portland Center Stage and The Old Globe.  Television and film credits include FBI, Madame Secretary, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and SVU, Shades Of Blue, Last Ferry, You Can’t Have It All and Diamonds And Rust. He lives in New York City with his wife, actress Henny Russell, and their dog, Bailey.

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  • Mari Vial-Golden*

    Mari Vial-Golden*

    Whitney/Rebecca

    Mari Vial-Golden is a Brooklyn based actor and is thrilled to be returning to her hometown for her MTC debut. Off-Broadway and Regional credits include: Heartland (Geva Theatre Center); Kate Hamill's Pride and Prejudice (Hangar Theatre Company); And Then There Were None; Wit & Common Enemy (Triad Stage); Pentecost and Serious Money (PTP/NYC, Atlantic Stage 2); Echoes and White Rabbit Red Rabbit (Urbanite Theatre); Strait of Gibraltar (American Stage). Other: Collective Noun (Corkscrew Theater Festival); Ancient Greek Corn (HERE); The Little Black Fish (Maaa Theater); Cymbeline (Ovalhouse Theatre, London), Land Without Words (American Premiere, Middlebury College). Workshops & Readings with Cal Shakes, Merrimack Rep, Florida Rep, Project Y, PTP/NYC. Education: BA, Middlebury College; British American Drama Academy. marivialgolden.com

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  • Rebecca Schweitzer*

    Rebecca Schweitzer*

    Vanessa (Vee)

    Rebecca Schweitzer is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful play. Rebecca has appeared at the Aurora, Center Rep, SF Playhouse, PCPA, Playhouse West. Favorite roles include Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World, Rapture Blister Burn, Book Club Play, Tigers be Still, Coronado, The Story, the West Coast Premiere of Craig Lucas’s Small Tragedy, as well as the world premiere of The First Grade.  Rebecca is a proud graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Her voice can be heard on various video games (The Walking Dead, Back to the Future, World of Warcraft: Legion, League of Legends, SimsCity, CSI Hard Evidence, CSI Deadly Intent) TV and radio commercials, corporate videos, and reservation hotlines (CSAA, Disney). This, along with all endeavors, is dedicated to her mother and grandfather whose love and support have been the foundation for her success. She would also like to thank her husband for his unwavering support.

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  • Robert Sicular*

    Robert Sicular*

    Ron/Ken

    Robert is delighted to return to the Marin Theater Company where he was previously seen in Arms and the Man, The Seafarer, Magic Forest Farm, Fetch Clay Make Man, August: Osage County, Thomas and Sally, Shakespeare in Love, and Mother of the Maid. Other theater credits include ACT, Berkeley Rep, Word for Word, TheatreWorks, San Jose Rep, San Jose Stage, Center REP, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, the California/Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, South Coast, Seattle and Saint Louis Repertory Theatres, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Sacramento Theatre Company; the Colorado, Lake Tahoe, Santa Fe Shakespeare Festivals, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, and for eight years, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. Screen credits include the Sci-Fi comedy thriller, Never Die Twice; the Bollywood potboiler, Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya; and the role of “Dad” in Josh Kornbluth’s Love and Taxes. Robert attended the University of California at Berkeley and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. www.robertsicular.com

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Creative Team

  • Kate Cortesi

    Kate Cortesi

    Playwright

    Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn and Boston based playwright from Washington, D.C. Love (World Premiere, Marin Theatre Company, directed by Mike Donahue) was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, WP Theatre/Colt Coeur Parity Fest, UC Santa Barbara Initiative for New and Reimagined Work, and at South Coast Rep. Love is the winner of MTC's Sky Cooper New American Play Prize and was featured on the Kilroys List. Cortesi's examination of how the American psyche has been deformed by racist police violence, One More Less is NYFA grant awardee, a Relentless Award finalist, and was presented at the Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab directed Robert O’Hara. A Patron of the Arts, Cortesi's fine arts and drug dealing play set in a Northern California trailer, was produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, directed by Mike Donahue, and again in Rome at the KIT Italia In Scena Festival. Patron was developed at The Lark, South Coast Rep and the Colt Coeur Parity Fest. Is Edward Snowden Single?, Cortesi's most formally innovative work, was the inaugural play of the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Pipeline Series in 2018. Edward Snowden will have its New York premiere with The Pool 2020, a consortium of playwrights producing their plays in rep at the New Ohio Theatre in the fall of 2020. Citizens United, Kate’s one act for young people about the Supreme Court ruling commissioned by Keen Theater, was performed at Theatre Row in 2019 and is published by Samuel French. Great Kills, winner of the 2014-15 Princess Grace Award, tells the story of an ambitious Staten Island achiever who lies about her family background to impress colleges. Great Kills is in development as a feature film to be written by the playwright. Kate is a proud resident of New Dramatists and a 2020-2022 Huntington Playwriting Fellow. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Rep. and writes for screens as well. For more, visit katecortesi.com.

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  • Mike Donahue^

    Mike Donahue^

    Director

    Mike Donahue is a New York-based director. NYC credits include: world premieres of Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC, The Geffen and Denver Center, Joe A. Callaway Award, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, Ovation Award Nomination); Jen Silverman’s Collective Rage (MCC, Woolly Mammoth, Drama League Nomination), The Moors (Playwrights Realm – NYC premiere), Phoebe in Winter (Clubbed Thumb) and The Hunters (Cherry Lane Mentor Project); Jordan Seavey’s Homos, Or Everyone In America (Labyrinth); and Ethan Lipton’s Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm). Regionally: Little Shop of Horrors with MJ Rodriguez, George Salazar and Amber Riley (Pasadena Playhouse), world premieres of Jen Silverman’s The Roommate (Humana, Williamstown, Long Wharf), Wink (Marin); Rachel Bonds’ Curve of Departure (South Coast Rep, Studio Theatre), The Wolfe Twins (Studio Theatre) and Swimmers (Marin); Matthew Lopez’s Zoey’s Perfect Wedding and Lauren Feldman’s Grace, or The Art of Climbing (Denver Center); and Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki in a new libretto by Meg Miroshnik (Chicago Opera Theatre). Select readings/workshops: MTC, Roundabout Underground, NYTW, Soho Rep (Writer/Director Lab), McCarter, The O’Neill, Berkley Rep Ground Floor, South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, New Dramatists, The Lark, Ars Nova, Primary Stages, Chautauqua, Cape Cod Theatre Project and Studio 42. Mike is recipient of a Fulbright to Berlin, the Dramaleague Fall Fellowship, The Boris Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown, winner of the Inaugural Opera America Director-Designer Showcase Award, and was the artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret for two seasons.  Mike is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama. Upcoming: Euripides The Bakkhai (Baltimore Center Stage).  

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  • ​Liz Matos*

    ​Liz Matos*

    Stage Manager

    Liz Matos (stage manager) is delighted to return to Marin Theatre Company, where last season she staged managed August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned, and The Who and The What. Locally, Liz has also worked with Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, The Cutting Ball Theater, A.C.T. Conservatory, and PlayGround. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

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  • Stephanie Osin Cohen

    Stephanie Osin Cohen

    Scenic Designer

    Stephanie Osin Cohen (scenic designer) is a NYC-based scenic designer. Theater credits include: Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally, Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage), This American Wife (Next Door @ New York Theater Workshop); Good Faith (Yale Repertory Theater); Winter's Tale, Coriolanus (Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford); Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Luna Stage); Ni Mi Madre (Sea Festival, NY); Pentecost, Much Ado About Nothing, Lear, Avital (Yale School of Drama). Film Credits include: Candace (American Pavilion selection at Cannes Film Festival) Home Exercise (short film selected for NYFF, presented at MoMA and Lincoln Center). Stephanie received her MFA from Yale School of Drama. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of the 2019 Burry Fredrik Design Fellowship. www.stephanieosincohen.com 

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  • Katie Nowacki

    Katie Nowacki

    Costume Designer

    Katie Nowacki (costume designer) is a Bay Area based costume designer and stylist. Previously at MTC she designed costumes for August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned,  The Wolves, Shakespeare in Love, and Gem of the Ocean. Recent work includes Pandora's Gift at Z Space with musical group VOLTI, Xtigone at African-American Shakespeare Company, A Raisin in the Sun and A Winter's Tale at California Shakespeare Theater, and Death of a Salesman at Theatreworks Colorado Springs. Her designs have been seen throughout California, Colorado, Oregon, and Texas. She holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University, a BFA from Southern Oregon University, and studied dance/ performance art/ and multi-media design as part of a graduate workshop at the renowned artist residence and laboratory Les Subsistances in Lyon, FR.

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  • Scott Zielinski+

    Scott Zielinski+

    Lighting Designer

    Scott has created designs for over 300 productions of theater, dance, and opera throughout the world.  In NYC his work was recently seen at the Broadway production of OKLAHOMA!  Other credits include: NY (selected): Atlantic, CSC, Lincoln Center, MTC, NYTW, Playwrights Horizons, Public, Signature, TFANA, Vineyard.  Regional (selected): Goodman, Guthrie, Mark Taper, Spoleto, Steppenwolf.  International: Adelaide, Amsterdam, Avignon, Beijing, Berlin, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Gennevilliers, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Rennes, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Rouen, St. Gallen, Seoul, Singapore, Shanghai, Shizuoka, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, Zurich.  Upcoming productions include A THOUSAND STAGES for the National Theater of Taiwan, MES FRERES for the National Theater of Brittany, and TROJAN WOMEN for Theatre du Chatelet and BAM Next Wave. SCOTTZIELINSKI.COM

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  • Madeleine Oldham

    Madeleine Oldham

    Sound Designer

    Madeleine Oldham is delighted to be back at MTC. Her previous sound credits include Gloria (ACT), Pride and Prejudice (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), The Wolves (Marin Theatre Company), A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion with Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry (Z Space; TBA Award Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design), Transfers (Crowded Fire Theater), Precious Little (Shotgun Players), and The Race of the Ark Tattoo (Geva Theater Center). Associate sound design credits include Angels in America (Berkeley Repertory Theatre.) She produces Radio Dunya on KALX radio, 90.7FM, and you can hear her on air at other times as DJ Madame X.

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    Teddy Hulsker+

    Projection Designer

    Teddy Hulsker is a San Francisco Bay Area based multidisciplinary theater artist specializing in sound and projection design. Recent design credits include Groundhog Day at the San Francisco Playhouse, Rime of the Ancient Mariner with Word for Word, Eureka Day at Aurora Theater, and Anne Frank at Center Repertory Theater. He received the Landisman Fellowship for Emerging Designer in 2012 and has been awarded BATCC awards for his sound design for the plays Warplay with theater company NCTC, Jesus Christ Superstar with Ray of Light, and for his projection design on Sunday in the Park With George with the San Francisco Playhouse. Teddy has created original installations and performances in San Francisco, Oakland, Berlin, New York, Detroit, and LA with the artist ensemble Klanghaus which he founded in 2015. Recent creations include the installation Spoken-Word-Disco-Karaoke and the play Barn Owl which was created in collaboration with playwright Evan Johnson and co-produced with Counter Pulse in 2018. 


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  • ​Danny Osburn

    ​Danny Osburn

    Assistant Lighting Designer

    Danny Osburn is a lighting designer and electrician native to the East Bay. In addition to his regular duties as the Master Electrician for MTC, he has served as the Assistant Lighting Designer for several productions here, most recently Noura. He has also designed the lights for various shows in the Bay Area, most recent of which was Sovereignty at MTC. Since 2018, he has been the guest instructor of Electrics at Tamalpais High School. Prior to joining MTC, Danny spent seven years in Chicago. There, he worked as the Master Electrician for Lifeline Theatre and for Adventure Stage Chicago, and as the Assistant ME for Northwestern University’s Cherubs program. In addition, he has worked as a freelance electrician for companies ranging from Steppenwolf to the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Danny cut his teeth as an entertainment electrician as an intern for MTC in 2010. He earned a BA in Theatre and Philosophy from Northwestern in 2011. Portfolio: www.dannyosburn.com

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  • Goñi Montes

    Goñi Montes

    Graphic Illustrator (promotional artwork)

    Goñi was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, got a BA from the UPR at Mayagüez, and an MFA from SCAD Atlanta. I began working as a scientific illustrator for the Puerto Rico Sea Grant. Now I mostly do editorial illustrations & comics with some fantasy here and there.

    Adobe // Adweek // American Way // Architectural Review // Arena Stage // BOOM! Studios // Canadian Business Magazine // Chicago Tribune // Draft FCB // Dwell // Entertainment Weekly // ESPN // Euroman // Field & Stream // Golf Magazine // Guideposts // Guitar World // Intel // Label Mag // Ladies’ Home Journal // Leo Burnett // Lighthouse Catholic Media // Macmillan // McDonald’s // The New Republic // The New York Times // The New Yorker // Oz Magazine // Pearson Education // Playboy // Puerto Rico Sea Grant // Rolling Stone // San Francisco Magazine // San Francisco Chronicle // Simon & Schuster // Scientific American // Skiing Magazine // Society of Illustrators LA // Spin Master // Tor.com // The Village Voice // The Wall Street Journal // The Washington Post // Wired // Wizards of the Coast // The Work Style Magazine // Young & Rubicam

    http://www.goniart.com

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  • Trevor Scott Floyd

    Trevor Scott Floyd

    Artistic Producer

    Trevor Scott Floyd (he/him/his) started as an Artistic Direction intern with MTC in 2015 and, prior to his current role as Artistic Producer, spent two seasons as Director of Ticketing, Artistic Associate, and Company Manager. As Artistic Producer, Trevor serves as MTC's local Casting Director. Originally from the beaches of South Carolina, he graduated with a dual major in Theatre and Political Science from Clemson University before trading in the Palmetto trees for the Redwoods. In addition to his role at MTC he is a freelance director and writer. You can read his latest work on the New Play Exchange.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • Sexual harassment drama proves powerful, funny and richly complex

    Just as the #MeToo movement launched a wave of women coming forward about their experiences with sexual harassment in the workplace, it’s also launched a wave of plays about the topic and the Bay Area has seen its share of them in the last few years.

    “Love,” the new play by Kate Cortesi now premiering at Marin Theatre Company, is a particularly smart, sharp and resonant take on the subject. It’s complicated in a much more interesting way than he said, she said versions of the same events. There’s no question that the guy did what he did or that what he did was wrong. But the play focuses on a former employee and lover of the accused, who feels a genuine connection with him and believes he was a positive influence on her life even as she grapples with how completely she fits the pattern of hiring women he wants to seduce and proceeding to do so.

    A group of former employees is talking to the New York Times about their former boss Otis’ pattern of sexual advances and Penelope feels caught in the middle, never doubting that it’s true, but still feeling a great deal of love and loyalty to him.

    Penelope is a big personality, cheerful and chatty, and Clea Alsip’s portrayal deftly unveils the many layers beneath that extroverted confidence. The play jumps backward and forward in time, and in past scenes with Otis, she’s flirtatious and excited both at the attention of the older man and a sense of transgression. The more grown-up Penelope is much more introspective, and you can feel as well as see how much each new disclosure disturbs her.

    She also has a delightful connection with Bobak Cyrus Bakhtiari as Jamie, her best friend and later husband. Jamie is a sweetheart, kind and understanding to a fault (even Penelope gets frustrated sometimes with his refusal to get angry, and their interaction is playful and often very funny, especially in one turning-point text-message conversation).

    Stephanie Osin Cohen’s spare scenic design is starkly effective. The background is black, the top half devoted to a black screen in which white block letters (projections designed by Teddy Hulsker) announce the time and place of each scene. Different locations are indicated simply by a piece of furniture or two.

    Penelope (Clea Alsip) feels caught in the middle when a group of former employees talks to the New York Times about their former boss Otis’ pattern of sexual advances in “Love.”New York director Mike Donahue gives the play a tight and riveting staging with a strong mix of New York and local actors, all new to MTC, except company veteran Robert Sicular (most recently seen in “Mother of the Maid”).

    Rebecca Schweitzer exudes tension in the present as Vanessa, the haunted and jittery organizer of the legion of victimized ex-employees, and it’s a striking contrast to then see her hilariously boisterous, drunken past self. Mari Vial-Golden is amusingly distracted as Whitney, Penelope’s seeming incorrigible successor, and primly businesslike as Rebecca, Otis’ wife. Sicular brings considerable gravitas to the serious-minded and earnestly conscientious Times reporter, and also pops up as Whitney’s blithely garrulous dad.

    There’s a slight air of sleaziness about R. Ward Duffy’s Otis from the start, although to be fair the audience has been warned about him in advance. He’s also charming and gives an impression of genuine interest in Penelope, even a perversely parental kind of concern for her. He nicely subverts expectations in all the moments you would expect him to be defensive or to lash out or play the martyr. As refreshing as his acceptance of his comeuppance is, it doesn’t excuse anything. It just makes it clearer what it is about his personality that draws people in, this magnetic mix of openness and manipulation.

    Cortesi’s script is wonderfully sharp, funny and poignant in all the right places. The nonlinear structure fills in the story fascinatingly, not so much unveiling shocking twists as deepening what we already know and making it more complex. There’s a lot of resonant truth-telling as well, but not in a way that comes off as preachy or didactic. It’s just that there are certain things that need to be said, and there comes a time in someone’s life when she just has to say it.

    — Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ Read full review

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