Let There Be Love

A mash-up of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking. DeeDee, a supposed widow who never remarried and has a hatred of online dating sites and algorithms, runs a high-end matchmaking business with her son, Eric. Eric has relations, not relationships, until he meets Sylvia. Sylvia, orphaned as a teenager and now an art gallery owner, longs...
A mash-up of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers, the Greek myth Eros and Psyche, and online dating and modern matchmaking. DeeDee, a supposed widow who never remarried and has a hatred of online dating sites and algorithms, runs a high-end matchmaking business with her son, Eric. Eric has relations, not relationships, until he meets Sylvia. Sylvia, orphaned as a teenager and now an art gallery owner, longs for the type of relationship her late parents had, sees a Youtube video with DeeDee and applies to the agency. Eric, always unsure of whether or not he has the same gift that DeeDee has for matching people, decides to hire Rajesh, an evolutionary psychologist and self-described "algorithm automechanic," to help him come up with an artificial gut to make him more sure of himself. Rajesh finds both Eric and DeeDee (especially DeeDee) just fascinating. A play about alternately craving and fearing intimacy and connection.
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Let There Be Love

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  • Kari Bentley-Quinn:
    10 Nov. 2017
    This is such a fantastic, sharp, and often hilarious script. Inspired by ancient myth but very much in today's world, Mrinalini examines the human need to find love with a sharp eye and critical view of our modern ways of connecting.
  • Nat Cassidy:
    8 Nov. 2017
    LET THERE BE LOVE is an incredibly smart, funny, subversive look at romance and relationships--not just between lovers but between friends, parents, children, and consumers. It's full of deliciously wrought allusions to myth and literature, but the story works so well on its own that these references serve to make the play feel even more timeless.
  • Jonathan Alexandratos:
    8 Nov. 2017
    LET THERE BE LOVE is a heartfelt, funny, intelligent script featuring three-dimensional characters, all of whom you end up caring about. DeeDee is fantastic, and would surely be a joy for any actor to play (think Patti Stanger from *Millionaire Matchmaker,* only better). The genuine laughs in the play separate this piece from most that try to comment on the matchmaking scene. Where they tend to look down on the profession, this play never does that. It never loses sight of the fact that we're talking about real, raw, human emotion. Bravo, Mrinalini!

Development History

  • Reading
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    Mellon Foundation, University of Washington, Ma-Yi Writers Lab
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    2018
  • Residency
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    University of Washington Drama School/Ma-Yi Writers Lab
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    2018
  • Reading
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    The PlayGround Experiment (undirected public table reading)
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    2017
  • Reading
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    Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab
    ,
    2017
  • Residency
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    Developed in both the Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab
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    2017