Love Letters a Valentine's Day Event at PACA
The Performing Arts Collective Alliance presents a special performance of the Gurney play
Tuesday, Feb. 14
A deeply-loved piece of theater, A.R. Gurney's Love Letters tells a personal story of two lovers that just never got the timing right. In a special one-night-only performance of the play, PACA has been perhaps more mindful of dates, with a Valentine's Day event.
Reading their decades-long exchange of love letters aloud, the characters Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, retrace their relationship from grade school to their twilight years and beyond.
Starring Sue Lechner and Charlie Corritore, this production is directed by Betsy Butoryak. "I follow their friendship over 50 years, which started when they were in second or third grade," Lechner explained. She noted that while there are perhaps small differences, her and Corritore's friendship has had a similar longevity, reasoning that "if you look back at Charlie's and my friendship, we were in our early 20s when we first met, so that friendship has gone on for about 50 years."
With the scripts essentially being a part of the play itself in the form of the letters, no memorization is needed. "You're trying to make it exciting. Try to make it real, try to make it honest," Lechner added.
A deeply heartfelt work that traces a unique connection, Love Letters is funny, wistful, and moving, the perfect choice for a Valentine's Day performance.
There will be a special opening reception featuring drinks from Mazza Winery, Lavery Brewing Co., and Blind Tiger Spirit-Free Cocktails, along with hors d'oeuvres.
Opening reception at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. // PACA, 1505 State St., Second Floor // $45, $80 for couples (includes opening reception) // For tickets and info: paca1505.org