Fall Production


Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Directed by Gene Schmiel

October 17th, 18th, and 19th

The Story: 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.

Cast in Order of Performance

  • Andrea Silverman and Mark Silverman
  •  Dot Schuetze and Bill Harrison
  •  Ina Mayer and Walt Meyer
  •  Joan Turner and John Johnson

Production Crew:

  • Stage Manager – Jane Becker
  • Set Design and Construction – Ted Day, Don Jewel, Tom Taggart, Ed Prendergast, Bob Bowman
  • Sound  – John Bisaga,  Nancy Mahevich
  • Lighting  – George Parker, Rick LaMontagne
  • Video – Nick Ide
  • Makeup – Sandy Iasiello, Valerie Bowman, Joey Wagner
  • Photography, Program, Poster, and Ads – Walt Meyer
  • Publicity – Kathryn Schmiel
  • Tickets – Denny Cumber, Mary Anne Bosco
  • Greeters –  Denny Cumber, Mary Ann Bosco,  Ginsy Shumate, Joie Dickhaut, Marian Posdamer, Marlene Griffenhagen, JoAnne Classen, Clare Keating, Andrea Mays