It’s a twelve-hour flight from California to London. How can you make a relationship work when time, distance and cultural differences separate you? American Scott Kettner has flown back to the UK to premiere Americat: A Love Story… Really?, based on his real-life relationship with Londoner Amy Elliot. He explains all in interview. Time to get booking!
Real-life couple Scott Kettner and Amy Elliot bring their romantic comedy Americat: A Love Story… Really? to the Tristan Bates Theatre just in time for Valentine’s Day, with a one-week run from 12 to 16 February 2019. When the myth of fairytale romance and the reality of life collide, a couple must find their way through together.
Remember when you were little and how we were all believed that one day you meet someone AND get married AND have kids AND live happily ever after? Real life doesn’t work out like that. This is a story about affection, appreciation, tenderness, devotion, friendship, worship, and weakness – we’re talking about that stupid thing called love and all of its powers. Something so strong to the human spirit that it turns bright souls to dark, and they are lost.
Written by Scott Kettner, Americat: A Love Story… Really? stars the two real-life Valentines, who are joined in the cast by AJ Jeremiah, Amin Ali, George Eggay, Christian Alifoe and Rory Grant.
Americat: A Love Story… Really? Runs from 12 to 16 February 2019 at Tristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower Street, London WC3H 9NP, with nightly performances (one hour) at 6.15pm. Tickets are priced £10 (concessions £8). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Talking to… Scott Kettner
Scott Kettner received his Bachelors of Arts from Iowa State University. After taking writing classes at the University of Southern California and starting 1912 Productions, this is his first major production.
How did you & Amy meet?
We met when I came over from California to do an acting class in London. We hit it off right from the get-go. It was just one of those things. I remember our first night together. We spent hours talking on a bench and just listening to the owls. I was young and stupid because I went to this random person’s place – Amy’s – that was the last stop on the Tube line! Not to mention, I had never been to London before. I don’t know what I was thinking looking back at it.
Where are you both based now?
I still live in California and Amy lives in London. That separation has been going on for a long time. The distance is extremely difficult. But somehow it’s always been worth it. You have to actually talk to each other, and so you learn more and more about one another. You fall in love with the real person.
What are the biggest challenges & rewards of a long-distance relationship?
The biggest challenge is both our insecurities. We’ve had to learn to build our relationship through trust. I’ll admit, we disagree – A LOT! I think Amy has broken up with me six times! But, with all that disagreement, somehow we’ve actually learned how the other works and we’ve gotten stronger.
The reward is that every time you see each other, you get a reminder why you’re with this person.
What do you think are the biggest US/UK differences?
Too many to even list! I remember when I first spent time with Amy, I was lost. I think she said something in the car one time where it went like this… “Can you use the torch to find my bag in the boot and take out the rubbish from the bin”…I just stared at her thinking,“ Torch? What is this, the 16th century? Boot is a shoe, and it’s called ‘take out the trash’.”
Why did you want to write about your relationship?
Acting and writing is my therapy. The most powerful thing about the arts is teaching people empathy. Whether that’s shown by walking in someone else’s shoes or a character you can relate to directly, you learn to feel and you awaken your soul. I started writing about how I felt during our relationship and possibly how Amy might feel.
What do you hope audiences will take from Americat?
“This is True Love, you think this happens every day?”, as they say in The Princess Bride.
Hopefully, when audiences watch Americat, they’ll know not to take that one person in their life for granted. Sometimes we’re selfish and we don’t listen to one another. Sometimes it’s just easier to give up and leave. We get caught up in thinking about what’s easiest for ourselves as an individual instead of the togetherness. True love doesn’t come often, and it’s worth fighting for.
We would like to do a part two where Amy writes her side of the story. I wrote the ending of Americat to go either way. We’re both artists and are planning a production some time at the end of the year for a different show too.
Anything else you’d like to add?
The cast has been amazing throughout this process. I want to give them a big thank-you and shout-out. And, whether you see the show or not, make sure you tell that one person in your life that you love them and always make time for each other.