‘Love Letters’ on Strand stage
Rockland — Everyman Repertory Theatre will present A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” Sunday, Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St. the performance will be followed by a Meet the Company catered gala at 7 p.m. at the adjacent Wadsworth Building, generously supported by Bangor Savings Bank.
The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together and went their separate ways but continued to share confidences and, eventually, much more. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies.
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters throughout boarding school and college — where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools."
While Andy is off at war, Melissa marries but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved, but it is really to late for both of them. However, Andy's last letter, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave, to each other over the years.
The roles are played by Jennifer and Paul Hodgson, with direction from Carole Leporati, and the play is produced by Keith MacKenzie. It will run approximately 80 minutes.
Tickets are $20 for the performance, $100 for the performance and gala. They are available by contacting the Everyman box office at 236-0173, booking online at everymanrep.org or purchasing tickets at HAV II and Owl & Turtle, in Camden; The Reading Corner, Rockland; and Bella Books, Belfast.
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