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Love Letters by A.R. Gurney starring Gary Fish & Karen Richards

The Blue Slipper Theatre in Livingston, MT is proud to present

“LOVE LETTERS” by A.R. Gurney

A special SURPRISE show to end our 50th Season of Gold!

The performance dates are Dec 5th -21st, 2014 with Friday & Saturday shows at 8pm and Sunday Matinees all three weekends at 3pm.

Starring Karen Richards and Gary Fish.

Adult admission is $15, Students/Seniors over age 60 $12 each.
The tickets are payable at the door with cash or check, we do not take plastic.
CALL 222-7720 for reservations.

Here is a synopsis of “Love Letters, by A.R. Gurney produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

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. 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.

The piece 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.