BSA presents LOVE LETTERS Feb. 11–19

Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Online ticketing is not currently available. Admission is $15 for adults 18+, $10 for adults 60+, and $5 for ages 17 and under (with discretion advised). Call 419-484-2787 for reservations beginning Jan. 28. Now accepting Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, as well as Venmo.

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.

A unique and imaginative piece of theatre 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.

Performances will be held in the Hirt Theater at Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple St., Bellevue, OH 44811.

Co-directed by and starring Cynthia J. Hineline, Fremont; and Bradley Rowe, Bellevue, LOVE LETTERS, by A.R. Gurney, is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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