By A.R. Gurney
Supervised by John Tilford and Diane Pritchard
Andres 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 becomes a success attorney, gets involved in politics and,
eventually, is elected tp 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 love can be.
Casting one male and one female performer. Open Ethnicity. Prefer “older” actors.
Love Letters is designed to be read from the script. No memorization is necessary. Rehearsals will be
scheduled at the convenience of the actors. Actors will be expected to do their own preparation and
minimal guidance by Diane Pritchard and John Tilford during the 3 or 4 rehearsals.
Performance dates: Friday, February 9 and Saturday February 10
4210 N Duncan Rd, Champaign, IL 61822
Questions? Please contact [email protected]