Could you spot a “catfish”? DARLING, an American tale of love, mercy and mail fraud by award-winning US playwright Kathy Rucker, gets its world premiere next month at north London’s Hope Theatre.
The premiere production of DARLING, helmed by Offie Awards-winning British director Scott Le Crass, runs from 9 to 27 November 2021, with a press night on 11 November. it’s produced by Sarah Berger, founder of the So and So Arts Club.
In 1985 small-town Indiana, an unsuccessful writer and his partner start penning fake love letters to men across the country, gaining their trust and money, until one of the targets of their scam uncovers the fraud and has to cope with the truth.
DARLING is a tale of love and deception in the halcyon days pre-Internet.
Kathy Rucker, an award-winning American playwright, explores the risks and benefits of old-fashioned romance, where it is possible to fall for someone whom you only know from words on lilac-scented paper, and when “catfishing” was just an outdoor recreational pastime.
Inspired by a true story that took place during the 1980s in the American Midwest, DARLING follows a young man’s search for love. Responding to an ad and communicating only by letters, Pete thinks he has met the woman of his dreams. Eventually, he finds himself compelled to meet his love in person, and that sets in motion a scenario that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
Author Kathy Rucker comments:
“I’m fascinated by con artists because of their ingenuity, their commitment to character and their boundless chutzpah. And a con artist who uses letter writing as their tool for fraud? That notion was the inspiration for my play.”
Originally due to premiere at the Hope Theatre pre-pandemic, DARLING has also had well-received readings in San Francisco and the Tristan Bates Theatre in London.
DARLING runs from 9 to 27 November 2021 at the Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, London N1 1RL, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm. Tickets from £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Author Kathy Rucker is an internationally produced playwright whose work has been recognized by the New Works of Merit Contest, Santa Barbara International Screenplay Awards and the London Independent Story Prize. Her work has been showcased at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Rucker’s plays include Darling, Crystal Springs, Sultans Battery, Turing Tested, Beautiful Scar and Done There, Been That.
Director Scott Le Crass was born in Bristol, grew up in Birmingham, trained as an actor at Arts Ed and was a director on the Birmingham Rep’s first Foundry Programme. He is an Associate Director for Pleasure Dome Theatre Company and recently directed Louisa which toured the South West. His previous productions at The Hope include Alternativity, A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Christmas Round Robin Letters, Kicked in the Sh**ter (which transferred to the Theatre in The Mill, Bradford) and Cancel The Sunshine (which also completed an NHS Hospitals Tour). Elsewhere, his credits include If You Love Me This Might Hurt, Rose, Country Music, Sid, The Witches, Alice in Wonderland, The Strange Affair of Herschel Grynspan, The Importance of Being Earnest and many others.