Iconic TV Stars Barbara Eden and Hal Linden to Bring Touching Story “Love Letters” to Life at the High Point Theatre
High Point, N.C. – Audiences the world over have fallen in love with A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-nominated play Love Letters. Television stars Barbara Eden (I Dream of Genie) and Hal Linden (Barney Miller) will take on the roles of the free-spirited Melissa Gardner and the stuffy Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, two friends who met in second grade and maintained a 50-year relationship based solely on letters and correspondence. Love Letters is being presented at the High Point Theatre on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., for a single star-studded live performance.
Beloved character actors to appear for a single live performance on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 pm
When Playwright A.R. Gurney tired of theatre, he decided to write a book. Having created Love Letters, the book was summarily rejected with a suggestion its story line would be more fitting as a two-person play. Taking the publisher’s advice, the story was rewritten in which two actors would read letters back and forth to one another. Love Letters made its debut at the New York Public Library in the late 1980’s, and premiered at the New Haven, Conn., Theater Company in 1988. After positive reviews in New England, the production went to New York’s off-Broadway Promenade Theatre for one night a week, featuring Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner and Tony winner John Rubinstein. Due to its popularity, the play became a full-scale production in 1989, running eight times a week.Opening at Broadway’s Edison Theatre in October 1989, the first week featured actors Jason Robards with Colleen Dewhurst. More than 50 actors would sign on for limited engagements of Love Letters including Stockard Channing, Swoosie Kurtz, Christopher Walken, Edward Hermann, Joan Van Ark, Christopher Reeve, John Clark and Joseph Sommer. After 96 performances, Love Letters closed on January 21, 1990, but the love affair continued with celebrities Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, Charlton Heston and Jean Simmons, Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, and Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy, all taking on the roles of Andy and Melissa.
Presented simply with two highly accomplished actors reading decades of notes, postcards and letters, Love Letters requires no scenery, backdrops or fussy staging. It reveals the touching, romantic story of two people born of wealth and privilege as they grow up and become very different adults – Andrew, the studious and stoic one who would go on to become a successful attorney and politician, and Melissa, the artistic and moody one who flunks out of a series of “good schools” and dabbles in art and gigolos, drinking more than she should.
“Love Letters is a story to remind us about the artistry of the written word, something sorely missing in today’s abbreviated, text-driven society,” says High Point Theatre Director David Briggs. “Lovers of live performances will not want to miss this touching and memorable presentation by TV stars Barbara Eden and Hal Linden.”
Tickets are $40-$55, available by calling the Theatre box office at (336) 887-3001 or online at www.highpointtheatre.com. Ask about special group rates for 10 or more (must be purchased at the same time).
About High Point Theatre
Owned and operated by the City of High Point, the High Point Theatre is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce Avenue and Hamilton Street in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating, three exhibition galleries for meetings, displays, and receptions, and free parking.