Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

PCC Theatre Season 2016-2017

Love and Information

Love and Information poster

By Caryl Churchill

Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.

This fast moving play spans nearly 50 scenes in 90 minutes, while a kaleidoscope characters try to make sense of what they know.

In the search to know love and information, we're taken on a voyage to better understand ourselves and better love each other.

A celebration of what can be known, unknown, and what can be felt.

  • Friday May 5, 7pm
  • Saturday May 6, 7pm
  • Thursday May 11, 11am
  • Friday May 12, 7pm
  • Saturday May 13, 7pm
  • Sunday May 14, 2pm

Love and Information is a play written by the British playwright Caryl Churchill. It first opened at the Royal Court Theatre in September 2012. The play is a compilation of seven sections each with a number of scenes that range from less than a minute in length to a couple minutes long. The seven sections, of the play, must be done in order, however the scenes and vignettes within each section can be done in whatever order the director wishes. The "random" section of scenes, included at the end of the play, are able to be incorporated anywhere within the play. This allows the director ample freedom to play with the storyline of the play along with the certain themes and questions they want to highlight with their particular production.

The play allows the director and production team to take create a version of the play that they want to in all of the varying options and approaches the loose structure of the play allows, along with the wide arrange of casting options – nothing is specific in terms of casting within the show. Within the play are over 100 characters, however none of the characters are named and they are cast in multiple roles.

After watching the play, writer Jennifer Wilkinson wrote, "The play asks us to consider how meaning is constructed and to participate in the process. The script has few stage directions, the characters are not gendered, the scenes can appear in a different order, and there are some random scenes which can be inserted anywhere in the play. This gives any director and company broad scope for creative input."