By Keilani Fleming, Guest Blogger
“This is just me, me the way I write, the way my writing is, the way I want to be to you, giving myself to you across a distance, not keeping or retaining any part of it for myself, giving this piece of myself to you totally, and you can tear me up and throw me out, or keep me, and read me today, tomorrow, any time you want until you die.”
― Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters by A.R. Gurney
In the age of texts and Twitter, Love Letters brings back the dying art of letter writing at Lone Tree Arts Center this November. A.R. Gurney’s play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, premiered in 1988 with a surprise debut performance at the New York Public Library and since has traveled the world, from Broadway and Carnegie Hall, and even to television.
Gurney originally wrote and initially performed Love Letters with only two actors of similar age, seated side by side for the entirety of the play, who read a series of letters at the audience but for each other. LTAC’s production of the show however, will include a set, costumes, and props, making it a fully staged production.
Live a lifetime in the course of two hours while following the journey of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position in the 1930’s, over the span of their fifty year relationship. Although Andrew and Melissa are physically apart, they grow to be emotionally one, as they intimately interact with little more than the written word. Childhood rapport develops into a deep friendship, love, and eventually heartbreak as missed opportunities, regret, and longing intersperse life.
Love Letters, directed by Bruce K Sevy and starring Candy Brown and Mark Rubald, will play at the Lone Tree Arts Center beginning Thursday, November 9, 2017 through Sunday, November 19, 2017.
Tickets and more information are available here: http://www.lonetreeartscenter.org/loveletters