Written and performed by Rachel Lin
Dear John is a solo show told in the form of letters. Based on real life events, Dear John casts the audience as the protagonist: YOU, who in 2010 is a recent college graduate with a bachelor of fine arts from a prestigious (read: overpriced) university. Having just been spit out into an Obama era world, full of hope and optimism, You is disappointed to learn that the “real world” is nothing like what she imagined. By 2011, You is living with her mom in deep Brooklyn and working full-time at a dead-end retail job. When You receives a Facebook message from a man named “John,” who claims to be her estranged father, she is forced to contend with a past she never knew.
RACHEL LIN (Playwright/Performer) is a Chinese-British actress with an American accent. She was raised between Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Chinatowns. Currently, she plays Detective Victoria Cho on NBC’s "Law & Order: Organized Crime." World premieres include Ajax by A.R. Gurney, Women by Chiara Atik, Bekah Brunstetter's Fat Kids on Fire, and Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love by Mallery Avidon. She has also had the pleasure of working regionally at Cleveland Play House, St. Louis Rep, and Montana Repertory Theater. Her podcast, Upstage Left, featuring interviews with theater artists she admires, is available wherever podcasts are found. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and has received residencies from the Asian American Arts Alliance, The Hearth, and Town Stages to develop her writing. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch, and is a proud alum of Stuyvesant High School.