Love Letters is worth seeing twice!
by Ben Gorman
is running out to catch Oak Creek Theatre Companys production
of the touching, memorable A.R. Gurney hit play Love Letters.
Featuring a rotating
cast of exciting regional favorites, the production is a wonderful
way to celebrate the Valentines season.
Love Letters chronicles
the relationship that unfolds between Melissa Gardner and Andrew
Makepeace Ladd III through their 50 years of correspondence.
From birthday party thank you notes to summer camp postcards,
each letter unfurls with the insight and humor characteristic
wonderful author," says OCTC Producing Artistic Director
Mary G. Guaraldi. "We have enjoyed sharing his works Sylvia
and The Dining Room with the community and are especially excited
to bring Love Letters to Sedona with some truly remarkable performers."
Betsy Palmer, who
was featured in week one of the production with Jon Cypher (Hill
Street Blues, Major Dad), returns for the week of February 14
18 with Sedona favorite Dick Levy, whose recent credits
include Sedona Arts Centers Community Theatre production
of Chicken Man and Shakespeare Sedonas A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum.
Palmer has an extensive
career on stage and in film and television. Her Broadway roles
include turns in South Pacific, Cactus Flower and An Affair
of Honor. She was in the national tour of Love Letters and of
Gigi, and has shared the screen with luminaries such as Tyrone
Power, Maureen OHara, Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins.
Tricia Greer and
Tim McCavitt close OCTCs Love Letters during the week
of February 21 25.
Greer has over 25
years of acting experience, and was most recently seen as Amanda
in OCTCs production of The Glass Menagerie. She has performed
in Sedona productions by Actors Repertory Theatre of Sedona,
Southwest Theatre, Sedona Arts Center and Swiftwind. McCavitt
has worked as an actor in New York and Los Angeles for more
than 20 years. Recent theatrical credits include Doc in Crimes
of the Heart at Phoenix Theatre and Feydor in A Random Scaring
of Sparrows at First Stage in Los Angeles.
been fortunate to have had so many amazing actors available
to perform in our production," says OCTC Producing Artistic
Director Mary Guaraldi. "Each of them brings their own
life experiences to the characters, and its incredible
to see how nuances in dialogue and action can highlight different
aspects of the play."
is always a different experience," says Palmer, who has
performed in the play several times, including under the direction
of the author himself. The character of Melissa, she notes,
is always trying to roil up the water and get Andrew going,
but like his name, Makepeace, he is at heart a peacemaker.
The complex relationship,
with its roots in childhood, metamorphoses over the years in
a way that rings poignantly true to life. Each time the OCTC
production changes actors, the show changes aspect, revealing
new facets of the rich story.
Love Letters plays
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays Saturdays, with 2:00 p.m. matinees
on Sundays. General admission is $15, with a $12 price available
to members of SAC and a $9 price for full-time students. Group
rates are available, call for details.
Tickets can be purchased
locally by phone at 520.282.3809 or toll-free at 888.954.4442.
Tickets are also available at OCTC outlets: Rycus Corners,
Bashas, Sedona Arts Center Gallery and Gift Shop and the
Sedona Chamber of Commerce.
All Wednesday night
performances are $10, based on seating availability.