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+ Love Letters

1 Male, 1 Female

A.R. Gurney Price: $7.50

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A unique and imaginative theatre two-hander which, in the words of the author " ... needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance"

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 ...

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

Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school

Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools"

And while Andy is off at war Melissa marries

But her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch

Andy becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Melissa - her marriage in tatters - 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

And although it's really too late for both of them, 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

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