Off Square Theatre Company is pleased to announce its upcoming production of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney. Starring veteran performers Linda Rode and Stephen Lottridge, Love Letters, a Pulitzer prize finalist, is directed by Evie Lewis and presented in the Black Box Theater at the Center for the Arts.
The piece is 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.
The cast will also present the show at the Senior Center on Tuesday May 17 at 1pm as part of Off Square’s outreach program for older adults, a program launched through support from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
About A.R. Gurney
A.R. Gurney, less formally known as “Pete,” is one of the most prolific and produced playwrights in America. His work focuses primarily on the issues and realities of middle- class American life and has been produced on international theatre stages for more than 30 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in 1952, Gurney joined the United States Navy during the Korean War, writing shows to entertain the military personnel. Following his discharge in 1955, he enrolled in the Yale School of Drama where he received his Master’s degree in playwriting. Later he joined the faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge where he taught until 1987.
In 1958, Gurney wrote Love in Buffalo, which was the first musical ever produced at Yale. His first play, The David Show, was produced in New York in 1968. In 1970, Scenes from American Life received its world premiere at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo. During the 1970s, he wrote two novels and several plays, including Children, which premiered in London, England in 1974. Love Letters was written in 1988 and first produced at the Long Wharf Theater and has enjoyed tremendous success since. The play’s co-stars have included Richard Thomas and Swoosie Kurtz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, and Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward among others.
Gurney is the recipient of many awards, notably a Drama Desk Award in 1971, a Rockefeller Award in 1977 and two Lucille Lortel Awards in 1989 and 1994. He has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New England Theatre Conference.