Love Letters - logoLove Letters
by A.R. Gurney

July 16 - August 21, 1993
Directed by Kenneth Benton

LOVE LETTERS is a unique and imaginative theatre piece 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 - 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.

- Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

CST's production featured nine different casts during the six-week run of the show.



Renee Preftakes and Nick Backes in LOVE LETTERS


Steve Vann and Rhonda Clark
David Dobson and Vikki Simer
John Q. Wilson and Dawn Behrens
Jon Womastek and Renee Preftakes
Nick Backes and Ruth Charnay
Rick Lippert and Lilli Bassett
Allen Brawner and Rosalind Reeder
James Harper and Kathleen Hope
Terry Veal and Kelly Morris


Director   Kenneth Benton
Stage Manager   Jennifer Owens
Scenery & Lighting   Joe Daleo
Lights   Jennifer Ownes
Music   Kenneth Benton


Sunbelt Data Systems - Asylum Imports - Nick Backes - Lilli Bassett - Gary Bates - Doug Bentin - Joe Daleo - Edmond Sun - Don Grob - KISS FM - Richard Kleffman - KTNT FM - Ron Martin - The Oklahoma Gazette - Gary Rafferty - Kathy Walker - Kenny Walker

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.


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