After a routine medical procedure goes tragically wrong, a lawsuit transforms the lives of both the patient’s family and a doctor charged with her care. Two households navigate uncharted waters of loss, anger, humor and longing on their path to healing.

“lucid, deeply nuanced and fearless work”The New York Times

“first-rate…a gleaming gem”The Boston Globe


Mar 13 2014

What’s in a Name? "Love Alone"

Deborah Salem Smith’s title comes from a work by the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950). Born in Rockland, Maine, Millay was raised by her progressive mother to be productive...

Mar 1 2014

Composing Music for "Love Alone"

I was thrilled when Vivienne Benesch approached me to do the music for Love Alone. I composed a few songs for the premiere production at Trinity Rep two years ago...

Feb 27 2014

A Sneak Peek of "Love Alone"

The final dress rehearsal has taken place and previews have begun for PlayMakers’ new production Love Alone. With opening night just a few days away, we wanted to share some pictures from this gripping drama. JULIA GIBSON as Helen Warren, in foreground, and ARIELLE YODER as Clementine. Photo by Jon Gardiner. JENNY WALES as Dr…. Read more »

Feb 25 2014

Bringing One-Armed Edna to Life

Love Alone is a fantastic story that crosses a generational gap between the mother, Helen Warren (Julia Gibson), and her daughter Clementine (Arielle Yoder)....

Feb 10 2014

Vivienne Benesch and Deborah Salem Smith discuss "Love Alone"

Director Vivienne Benesch and playwright Deborah Salem Smith discuss staging the regional premiere of Love Alone at PlayMakers. Vivienne Benesch & Deborah Salem Smith VB: My previous productions at PlayMakers were In The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl and Red by John Logan. Both are exceptional contemporary plays, but both are set in the past… Read more »


By Larisa Mount
March 10, 2014
By Byron Woods
March 5, 2014
By Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
March 3, 2014
By Susie Potter
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
March 3, 2014

THROUGH 3/16: Dynamite Script and Superb Cast Mark PlayMaker’s Love Alone
By Alan R. Hall
Classical Voice of North Carolina
March 1, 2014



“Love Alone” Takes on Malpractice, Grief and Gay Rights
By Holly L. Derr
Ms. Magazine
February 28, 2014

Deborah Salem Smith’s “Love Alone” Asks, What Happens When a Routine Medical Procedure Goes Tragically Wrong
By Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
February 27, 2014

The State of Things with Frank Stasio
with director Vivienne Benesch, UNC anesthesiologist Dr. Ty Bullard and actors Jenny Wales, Derrick L. Ivey and Patrick McHugh
February 26, 2014

Exploring the aftermath of loss in Love Alone
By Kate Dobbs Ariail
February 26, 2014

PlayMakers’ ‘Love Alone’ uses technology to put on show
By Paige Hopkins
The Daily Tar Heel
February 26, 2014

PlayMakers to perform ‘Love Alone’
By Cliff Bellamy
The Herald Sun
February 20, 2014