Rachel Lin


Dec 15-17 2022


IN RESIDENCE: November 29 – December 19, 2022

DEAR JOHN is a solo show inspired by real life events.

In 2011, an estranged father, “John,” reaches out to a long lost daughter for the first time… on Facebook. When he begins writing her letters, she begins a journey of reckoning with a previously unknown past.

DEAR JOHN is the story of what happens when a man shows up to parent a child who hadn’t been looking for a father. Spanning three continents and four decades, the piece weaves together excerpts from the letters, a recorded interview with my single mother who left a changing China in the 80s, and stories from growing up as an immigrant kid in New York City.


Thursday, Dec 15 @ 7PM
Friday, Dec 16 @ 7PM
Saturday, Dec 17 @ 2 & 7PM

Length: 80 Min

ARTIST — $18
REGULAR —  $22

At IRT: 154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

Creator & Performer: Rachel Lin*
Director: Lindsey Hope Pearlman
Music Director: Sarah Shin
Producer: Kelly Letourneau
Production Manager:Chris Luner
Production Designer: Elizabeth “EMay” May
Projection Designer: Ingrid Larson
Lighting Designer: Jonathan Cottle
Sound Designer: Erica Huang
Stage Manager: Mariel Sanchez

*appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Rachel Lin (writer/performer) is an actor, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn who born in the UK, and raised in New York City’s Chinatown. Most recently, she played Detective Victoria Cho on NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime. World premieres include: Women by Chiara Atik, Fat Kids of Fire by Bekah Brunstetter, Ajax (NYT Critics’ Pick), and Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love by Mallery Avidon. She has devised work with: Aaron Landsman, Elastic City, P.S. 122, Target Margin, William Burke, Riot Group, Tiny Little Band, and more. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, and her podcast, Upstage Left, featuring intimate interviews with theater makers and friends, is available wherever podcasts are found. BFA, NYU Tisch. TheRachelLin.com.

Lindsey Hope Pearlman (director) is a director and playwright specializing in new plays and musicals.  Selected directing/associate directing: The O’Neill, Goodspeed Opera House, The Connelly Theater, MITU580, The Flea.  She received a 2022 NYSCA commission for her new play ROAR!.  Her play Lucy received an EST/Sloan Commission, and her play Viv is for Vengeance received Honorable Mention from the American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Awards.  Co-book writer, MacGyver the Musical, A Sign of the Times.  Broadway: Bandstand (Assistant Director).  Drama League NY Directing Fellow 2019-2020.  London International School of Performing Arts, Hamilton College.  Adjunct Professor, Pace University.  www.lindseyhopepearlman.com

Kelly letourneau (Producer) is a NYC-based actor, playwright, and producer. As an actor, Kelly has appeared off-Broadway, regionally and on tour. Acting credits include: THREE SISTERS (Two River Theater), A VALENTINE FOR SONDHEIM (Fiasco Theater), MIDSUMMER (Tiltyard), PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Kate Hamill (Playhouse on Park), and THE APPLE BOYS (HERE Arts Center). Kelly has assisted new play development as an assistant for Kate Hamill’s DRACULA. Kelly is a proud tentacle of Octopus Theatricals, where she works as Producing Associate. Training: Fiasco Theater, RADA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.kellyletourneau.com

Ingrid Larson (projection designer) is from Sioux City, Iowa and graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago where she earned her BFA in scenic design.

COVID PROTOCOL:This performance will be seated at full capacity without social-distancing. All guests (ages 2+) are required to wear a face-covering, regardless of vaccination status and must show proof of vaccination. However, performers will not be masked.

There are multiple ways to show proof of vaccination.

1.A photo or hard copy of their CDC vaccination card
2.NYC COVID Safe App
3.New York State Excelsior App
4.Official vaccine record
5.A photo or hard copy of an official vaccination record of a vaccine administered outside the United States for one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca/SK Bioscience, Serum Institute of India/COVISHIELD and Vaxzevria, Sinopharm, or Sinovac.

DEAR JOHN is made possible with the support of All For One Theater’s Solo Collective 2022. It has been developed as part of Town Stages Sokoloff Arts Residency, Asian American Arts Alliance’s 2021 Virtual Residency, and Poco A Poco.

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council; A.R.T./New York’s NYC Small Theatres Fund made possible with support from the Howard Gilman Foundation & support for ASL interpretation provided in part through funding from Access A.R.T./New York.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
ACCESS: ***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility. Please reach out to Kori Rushton if you have any accessibility questions or concerns, krushton@irttheater.org ***