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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

'Love Letters' in a benefit performance at Tri-State Actors Theater in Newton



LOVE LETTERS - laugh-out-loud lines and an ending that will squeeze tears out of all but the stoniest hearts…compelling…pleasant.

TRI-STATE ACTORS THEATER will present LOVE LETTERS by A.R. Gurney in a benefit performance for the Theater Company and the Performing Arts Center at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 in the Performing Arts Center theater at SCCC, Newton. All seats are $20.00.

LOVE LETTERS, performed by the incomparable actress MaryAnn Hay as Melissa and Paul Meacham, Tri-State’s Artistic Director as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, is a unique and imaginative theatre piece that is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. 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. Both performers are members of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

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. 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. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Tickets for the performance are available on-line at www.tristateactorstheater.org or sussex.edu - click on Box Office, or by calling Tri-State at 973 383-0510. Large print programs, accessible parking, wheelchair access and elevator service are available for patrons with special needs. For tickets, information, and special services, please contact the theater at 973 383-0510. On day of performance, the PAC Box Office is open 60 minutes prior to curtain time.

Additional information about Tri-State Actors Theater and its programs and services is available on the web at www.tristateactorstheater.org. Funding for Tri-State Actors Theater has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.

Call 973-383-0510 for information, reservations, and tickets.

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