SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Local theater group interACT Theatre Productions will present the romantic play “Love Letters,” by A. R. Gurney, for one weekend only at the Baird Theatre on Three. These four benefit performances for interACT, presented in part through the generosity of Robert Wall, begin Friday, Feb. 16, and end Sunday, Feb. 18.
Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m. The runtime is 100 minutes, including an intermission. Tickets may be purchased online at a discount at interactproductions.tix.com until two hours prior to the performance. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office beginning one hour before the show.
“Love Letters” is an intimate, two-person show told through the letters exchanged over nearly 50 years between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by Ted Cancila, and Melissa Gardner, played by Rosemary Wall. Romantically attached from childhood through adulthood, though living separate lives, the two share their ups and downs, hopes and ambitions, and twists and turns that life brings.
The show premiered in 1988 in New York City, starring the playwright as Andrew and Holland Taylor as Melissa, and has been performed countless times in the last 20 years throughout the country. In 1999, Gurney adapted the play into a TV movie for ABC starring Laura Linney and Steven Webber.
Crew members for this production include producer Nicholas J. Clarey, scenic designer Jerry Narciso, lighting designer Zach Pizza, and publicity and media team Sabrina Santoro and Mark J. Parker.