The Love Trial

Written by:

Kiki Dranias

Cast Size:
16

Roles For:

  • Indigenous Peoples: 8
  • LGBTQ+: 7
  • Men: 6
  • People of Colour: 8
  • Women: 7

Genre:

Drama
Tragedy

Themes:

Death
Family
Love
Mental Health
Revenge

Length:

80 min.

Year Written:

2021

Synopsis:

Under the scope of the eight notions of love defined by the Ancient Greeks, THE LOVE TRIAL is when a bunch of love addicts, from a Love Anonymous group, sue a “perfect lover” for what they claim is a reckless approach to loving. In the form of a fictional love trial, this modern Greek tragedy depicts how a father – the Captain – tries to do right by his late daughter, who took her own life, after having failed her while she was alive.

In this play, we are all witness, judge and jury to Storge, Philia, Agape, Mania, Pragma, Ludus, Eros and Philautia. Who gets charged? And is the accused guilty?

Characters:

FATHER (The father is a Police Captain)

DAUGHTER, GODMOTHER & GUARD (one actor evolves for these three roles; part of the story)

ECHO, MEETING MAESTRO & PRIEST (one actor for these three roles)

RED & ON-THE-VERGE & TORN (all are love addicts and are a making of a split personality)

ABSTINENT & JUDGE (Abstinent is a love addict and eventually evolves into the trial’s judge)

LEAF & DEFENSE ELEFTHERI (Leaf is a drunk that evolves into the trial’s defense attorney)

PHILO & PROSECUTOR PEISMON (Philo is a drunk that evolves into the trial’s prosecuting attorney)

First Produced:

Seven live shows were presented by Purple Divine. The performances were held at Masonic Temple Hall, Montreal in front of 500 audience members. Canada Council for the Arts was the primary funding body.

Resources:

The Love Trial can be accessed at the Canadian Play Outlet or kiki.dranias@gmail.com

Warnings:

Suicide and mental health are part of the story.

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