Curious or Insecure in Odessa (a backwards love story)

"Curious or Insecure in Odessa" is a backward love story told backwards. It begins with the final conversation held between Rose, an Ukrainian-American PhD student, and her lover, Stellan, a Swedish ex-pat short story author living in Odessa. This play as an attempt to better understand what makes us take the destructive leap of faith necessary to fall in love. the overarching question 'Curious...
"Curious or Insecure in Odessa" is a backward love story told backwards. It begins with the final conversation held between Rose, an Ukrainian-American PhD student, and her lover, Stellan, a Swedish ex-pat short story author living in Odessa. This play as an attempt to better understand what makes us take the destructive leap of faith necessary to fall in love. the overarching question 'Curious or Insecure?' is relevant to both Rose and Stellan when considering why the two were drawn to each other, as an unlikely pair of misfits in an East European barren urban landscape. The play does not aim to give an answer, but does suggest that Rose is mainly curious, whilst Stellan is primarily insecure, and that we all are, when it comes to love, a bit of both. SETTINGS : Washington D.C. and Ukraine (Odessa and surrounding areas).
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Curious or Insecure in Odessa (a backwards love story)

Character Information

  • Rose (Raisa)
    26,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Ukrainian-American PhD student
  • Stellan
    41,
    Swedish
    ,
    Male
    lone wolf expat Swedish author living in Odessa, pessimist
  • Viktor
    60s,
    Ukrainian
    ,
    Male
    Rose’s Ukrainian father
  • Nicole
    27,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Rose’s closest girlfriend, American
  • Luka
    33,
    Montenegrin
    ,
    Male
    Rose’s Montenegrin-American suitor
  • Grandma
    82,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Female
    Rose’s maternal grandmother, American