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 and...
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 and longing 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 mechanic, to help him come up with an "artificial gut" to confirm his decisions. 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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  • Trista Duval:
    29 Mar. 2020
    Our theatre was fortunate enough to put on a fully staged production of this play. I fell in love with this witty, insightful script on first read. I'd recommend it to any theatre looking for newer works to produce. The audiences LOVED it and the actors had a wonderful time! Normally when my theatre puts on new shows, we lose money. And we were prepared to do so again. But guess what? We didn't! This show is so easy to market; it's so relatable and has universal themes that are addressed in unique ways. You won't regret choosing this one!
  • 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.

Development History

  • Reading
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    New American Voices Series, Queens Theatre in the Park
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
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    Mellon Foundation, University of Washington, Ma-Yi Writers Lab
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    2018
  • Reading
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    The PlayGround Experiment (directed reading)
    ,
    2018
  • Residency
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    University of Washington Drama School/Ma-Yi Writers Lab
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
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    The PlayGround Experiment (undirected public table reading)
    ,
    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
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Professional
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    Centerstage Theatre
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    2020