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?
About the playwright: Kate Cortesi is a Brooklyn and Boston-based playwright from Washington, D.C. Her plays include One More Less (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, 2017 O'Neill Conference Finalist, 2016 NYFA award-winning submission, Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab directed by Robert O'Hara), A Patron of the Arts (2018 Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, directed by Mike Donahue; South Coast Rep 2016 New SCRipts Series; 2018 BAPF finalist), Great Kills (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award-winning submission, 2016 Kilroy's List, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Festival), Is Edward Snowden Single? (2018 Dorset Theatre Festival, 2017 Colt Coeur Play Hotel), and Love (Parity Play Fest 2019, Marin Theatre Company, 2020). Her work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane Theatre, South Coast Rep, WP Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, the Dorset Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Jackelope Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, New Dramatists, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and KIT Italia in Rome. Kate is a proud resident of New Dramatists. She is writing a commission for South Coast Rep and another one for young people at Keen Theater Company. A short film she wrote and directed, Lazarus, screened at film festivals around the country. She teaches writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Riker’s Island, and lots of places in between. katecortesi.com
"I wrote this play because there is a conversation around sex and power that I believe people want to have that we're not having, not in public anyway. Do we want dark truth to come to light? Yes. Do we want justice for abuses? Yes. Do we want to acknowledge and correct the exploits of patriarchy? Absolutely. AND we also want to delve into the relationships where this reckoning is complicated, murky, and colored by, among other things, love. I believe love belongs at the center of these reckonings, right next to justice and truth." —Kate Cortesi