Love Kills

OCTOBER 13 – 22, 2011
By Kyle Jarrow

Produced by Theatre Inconnu
Directed by Clayton Jevne

Based on the 1958 killing spree by Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate that shook America to its moral core, OBIE Award-winning, New York playwright, Kyle Jarrow’s critically acclaimed rock musical and psychological drama brings us inside the jail and inside the heads of two teenage lovers accused of murder. When interrogated by the town sheriff and his wife, facts blur and loyalties shift as the teenage lovers are pressured to confess before dawn. Advisory: Partial nudity, mature subject matter and strong language.


“… a compelling and entertaining production. Jarrow forces us to consider that spree killers are people too… he merely advocates for humaneness and open-mindedness. And that’s never a bad thing.”
Times Colonist

“Love Kills… and it rocks too!” “Go see it; you may not come out humming, but you certainly won’t be disappointed.” Monday Magazine (Top Pick, Nominated for M Award for Best Musical)

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Kyle Jarrow

Kyle Jarrow’s theatrical writing is known for its macabre humour and incorporation of rock music. Born in 1979, Jarrow is a New York City-based writer, rock musician and Yale graduate. His plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant(for which he won an OBIE Award in 2004), Gorilla Man, Whisper House (with Spring Awakening co-creator Duncan Sheik), Hypochondria, Rip Me Open, Hostage Song (with Clay McLeod Chapman), President Harding is a Rock Star and Love Kills.  Other theatre accolades include: nomination for a 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Award, a 2004 Backstage West Garland Award, runner-up for the 2002 Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and winner of the 2001 John Golden Prize. Some of his Television credits include projects for CW, ABC, Lion’s Gate, Fox TV, Deline Pictures, and MTV Films.  His screenplay for the film Armless was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2010. Jarrow’s plays have received production at The Old Globe, New York Theatre Workshop, Performance Space 122, New York Stage & Film, The John Houseman Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Abron Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, The Hangar Theatre, and Dad’s Garage, among others. Jarrow’s rock band, Super Mirage, released its debut LP “Pretty Lies” in 2010.

Clayton Jevne

Clayton has been at the helm of Theatre Inconnu since 1978, when he co-founded it with fellow UVic student Katya Kern. Aside from serving as actor, director, or designer for more than 80 Inconnu shows, he has logged close to 1000 performances of various solo shows in North America and Europe. Clayton has completed three degrees at the UVic theatre department, and served as Artist in Residence at Bishop’s University in Quebec. This fall he is invited to New York’s United Solo Festival to perform Stephen Mulrine’s Moscow Stations. He hopes Love Kills will win over many new Inconnu converts and doles out huge hugs to the fine cast and crew!

Directors Notes

In 1958, nineteen year-old Charlie Starkweather and his fourteen year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate went on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of eleven innocent victims, including Fugate’s entire immediate family. The senseless, seemingly unprovoked nature of their brief and explosive burst of violence has continued to fascinate and disturb ever since, inspiring artists to wrestle with the themes growing out of this story. Books, movies, and songs have all attempted to explore Charlie and Caril’s actions, including Bruce Springsteen’s song “Nebraska,” and films by Oliver Stone (Natural Born Killers) and Terence Malick (Badlands). Taking someone else’s life against their will has to remain an unimaginable act. And stories such as this demand that we grapple with the motivations and implications behind, and resulting from, the action of cutting a life short through violence. Most of us are empathic beings. Yet how can we allow our innate propensity to “put ourselves in the other’s shoes” play itself out, when the “other” has denied his or her own empathic inclinations by perpetrating unspeakable violence? Is this the conundrum that keeps drawing us into the worlds of such people as Charlie and Caril? Perhaps efforts such as Jarrow’s – to look empathically at one specific horrific case – are motivated by a need to find the human understanding that may just somehow lead to ending the parade of comparable acts unfolding around us second by second in this insane world.


Show Dates

October 13– 22, 2011
Public Previews ($7 tickets after 5pm) @ 8pm: October 11 & 12
Evenings @ 8pm: October 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Matinee @ 2pm: Saturday, October 22

LISTEN NOW! Pre-Show Lecture:
“Art and Violence”
Professor Emeritus Alan Hughes spoke about our cluture’s fascination with stories of violence — both as an inspiration for art and those times when life imitates art. Recorded on October 14.

Cast & Creative

Creative Team:

Director: Clayton Jevne (BFA ’85, MFA ’87 and PhD ’03)
Music Director: Donna Williams
Lighting Designer: Bryan Kenney (MFA Candidate)
Stage Manager: Courtney Butler
Live Music by: The Party on High Street


Brendan Bailey as Charlie Starkweather
Cam Culham
 (MFA’03) as Sherrif Merle Karnopp
Marina Lagacé 
(BFA ’10) as Caril Ann Fugate
Donna Williams
 as Gertrude Karnopp