Barrington Stage Company (BSC) has prepared a September treat, a special production of Love Letters, directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC favorites Mark H. Dold (Freud’s Last Session, Breaking the Code) and Debra Jo Rupp (Dr. Ruth, All the Way, Kimberly Akimbo). Performances begin September 22, 2016, with opening night on September 24, 2016, and running through October 2, 2016.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, written by A.R. Gurney, Love Letters is unusual in that it is not so much acted as simply read, with a very naturalistic – and loving – vibe. The heart-warming show has been performed all over the country and by everyone from local actors to some of our biggest stars. It’s appeal is catnip for theatre lovers. Gurney’s gem is a touching, funny and ultimately moving story of a 50-year old correspondence between two childhood friends whose relationship weathers time and distance.
A.R. Gurney has been writing plays for most of his life. Among his many works are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, and Sylvia. He lives in Connecticut and New York City.
Mark H. Dold (Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) As an Associate Artist, this is Mark’s twelfth season with Barrington Stage Company. Notable roles include the critically acclaimed performance of Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, Ian in Shining City, Bruce Baldwin in His Girl Friday and over two years as C.S. Lewis in the award-winning Freud’s Last Season. Mark has worked in television and film, on and off Broadway and in regional theaters from coast to coast. He is graduate of The Yale School of Drama and a member of The Actor’s Center. http://www.markhdold.com.
Debra Jo Rupp (Melissa Gardner) Last seen at Barrington Stage in Kimberly Akimbo and Dr. Ruth: All the Way. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner. Off Broadway: Becoming Dr. Ruth (Nom: Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Conn Critics Cir); A Girl’s Guide to Chaos; Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune; The Butcher of Baraboo (Judith Ivey, Second Stage). Recent regional: Deathtrap (Berkshire Theater Group), Madagascar (Chester) Annapurna (Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks Hartford), True West, A Flea in Her Ear (John Rando, Williamstown). Film credits include Big, Clockwatchers, Sgt. Bilko, She’s Out of My League and over 200 television appearances, most notably: That ‘70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, Hart of Dixie, Better With You. Debra most recently shot a TV pilot with Candice Bergen.
Love Letters is designed by Lucas Pawelski (lighting and sound). Lisa Klages is the production stage manager.
Love Letters was first performed by the playwright A.R. Gurney and Holland Taylor as a benefit for the NYPL in 1988. John Tillinger directed the regional premiere with Joanna Gleason and John Rubinstein at the Long Wharf Theatre, followed by the long-running Off Broadway at the Promenade Theatre and Broadway premiere at the Edison Theatre in 1989. Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow headlined the 2014 Broadway revival.
Tickets ($25-$46) for Love Letters are on sale now. The performance schedule for Love Letters is as follows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinee at 3:00pm.
Love Letters is sponsored by Audrey and Ralph Friedner. The 2016 St. Germain Stage Season is sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation.
Performances take place on the St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Call the box office at 413.236.8888 or visit http://barringtonstageco.org