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'Love Letters' at Western Reserve Playhouse features different actors, directors each weekend

Published: July 23, 2016 12:00 AM
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Western Reserve Playhouse's second show of its season, "Love Letters," opens July 22 and will feature different actors and directors each weekend.

"Love Letters" can be seen July 22, 23, 29, 30, and Aug. 5 and 6.

Love Letters by A. R. Gurney when first presented was a finalist for the Pulitizer Prize for Drama. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. They sit side by side at tables and read notes, letters and cards - in which over nearly 50 years they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separate lives.

Playing these parts will be Tom Stephan and Meg Hopp directed by Brian Westerley, July 22 and 23. Following them will be Kyla Willinger and Josh Larkin directed by Brandi Eaton, July 29 and 30 and the final grouping will be Pat Robertell-Hudson and Bill Morgan Aug. 5 and 6.

Andrew and Melissa are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp post cards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through boarding school and college. While Andy is off to war, Melissa marries but keeps her attachment to Andy through their letters. Andy marries also and becomes a successful lawyer and is elected to the U.S. Senate but still their letters and friendship continues. Come and see what else their future brings as these letters continue.

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Board members Sue Snyder and Sid Freeman are the producers.

On opening night July 22 there will be cake and punch served during intermission.

The theatre is at 3326 Everett Road at the Bath/Richfield township line.

Shows start at 8 p.m.

Auditions

The third show for Western Reserve Playhouse will be "The Senator Wore Pantyhose" by Van Zandt and Millmore on Sept. 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1 The show is directed by Brian Westerly.

Auditions for this show are July 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Aug. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.


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