New London Little Theatre Presents “Love Letters”

February 25, 2018

Date/Time

Date(s) - February 25, 2018
2:00 pm

Location

New London Little Theater

Categories

  • Entertainment,  
  • Family Fun,  
  • Performing Arts,  

“Love Letters”
Written by A.R. Gurney
Directed By Jan Buzzeo used with special permission from Samuel French

Performances:
Feb. 22nd-24th at 7:30pm
Sun. Feb. 25th at 2:00pm

Tickets: $15 adults and $8 Children 12 and under, Family rate $40

The piece is comprised of a series of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. With the reading of the letters, we see how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years – physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

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 through the boarding school and college years 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 marries, 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.
As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

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