Utah Rep’s First 2nd Stage Production
“Love Letters” will star two highly acclaimed Utah performers: Mark and April Fossen, under the direction of Chase Ramsey.
Tuesday, August 26, through Thursday, August 28, on the “August: Osage County” set at the Sugar Space Theater River District.
About “Love Letters”
A poignant look at love, life and friendship, A.R. Gurney’s internationally popular stage hit is a heartwarming play about two people, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, who write letters to each other over a period of 50 years. In the words of the author, “Love Letters” “needs no theater, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.”
This unique and highly rewarding piece of reader’s theater 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. 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.
It was first performed by the playwright himself with Holland Taylor at the New York Public Library, then opened at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, with Joanna Gleason and John Rubinstein. The two actors reprised their roles at the show’s opening at off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre. The play was performed only on Sunday and Monday evenings and changed its cast weekly. Among those who appeared in it were Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, Julie Harris, George Hearn, Richard Kiley, Dana Ivey, William Hurt, Marsha Mason, Christopher Reeve, Holland Taylor, Christopher Walken, Treat Williams, and Frances Sternhagen.