To Fall in Love is a 2017 American drama play written by Jennifer Lane that was based on an article she read in the New York Times. The play premiered at San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2017 and won Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Writing. It was later adapted into a 2023 film that premiered at Heartland International Film Festival.

To Fall in Love
Written byJennifer Lane
Based onNew York Times article To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This
  • Merryn Thomas
  • Wyatt Grimes
Date premiered2017
Place premieredSan Diego International Fringe Festival
Original languageEnglish
SubjectLove and grief

Production history


Lane was inspired from The New York Times article "To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This".[1]

Year Venue Location Ref.
2017 San Diego International Fringe Festival San Diego, California [2][3]
2019 Private residence Pacific Beach, San Diego
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Edinburgh, Scotland [4]
The Constructivists Milwaukee, Wisconsin [5]
2021 FAU Theatre Lab Florida Atlantic University [6][7]
2022 Cold Comfort Theatre Belfast, Maine [8]
Nu Sass Washington, D.C. [4]


Location Year Award Result Ref.
San Diego International Fringe Festival 2017 Outstanding Drama Won [2]
Outstanding Writing Won
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2017 Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Competition Won
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center 2018 National Playwrights Contest Semi-finalist [9]

Film adaptation


The play was initially adapted for a feature film in 2018 by Michael Lewis Foster.[2] Foster remade the film in 2023, which went on to screen at Heartland International Film Festival,[10] San Diego International Film Festival[3] and won awards at Oceanside International Film Festival.[11]


  1. ^ Dixon, David (2019-04-11). "Questions That Could Save a Marriage". San Diego Story. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  2. ^ a b c Launer, Pat (2019-04-02). "Local Playwright's Intense 'To Fall in Love' Takes Over Pacific Beach Home". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  3. ^ a b Accomando, Beth (2023-10-12). "San Diego International Film Festival screens local indie film 'To Fall In Love'". KPBS Public Media. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  4. ^ a b "How Nu Sass fell in love with 'To Fall in Love' by Jennifer Lane". DC Theater Arts. 2022-04-30. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  5. ^ Lawler, Kelsey. "Review: Intimate TO FALL IN LOVE Makes Midwest Premiere at The Constructivists". Broadway World. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  6. ^ Thomason, John (2021-11-29). "Theatre Review: The Masterful Peaks & Valleys of Theatre Lab's "To Fall In Love"". Boca Magazine. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  7. ^ Krause, Aaron (2021-11-29). "Theatre Lab's 'To Fall in Love' is relatable, heartfelt". Theatrical Musings. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  8. ^ "Cold Comfort takes love-themed play on the road". Republican Journal. 2020-01-30. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  9. ^ "To Fall in Love listing on Broadway Baby". Broadway Baby. Retrieved 2023-10-30.
  10. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (2023-09-14). "Heartland International Film Festival 2023 Lineup Features 2 Paul Mescal Movies". MovieMaker. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  11. ^ "OIFF 2024 AWARD WINNERS". Oceanside International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2024-02-25. Retrieved 2024-02-25.