Two Muses Theatre of West Bloomfield Presents LOVE LETTERS 2/7-14
The new non-profit professional theatre "Two Muses" continues to celebrate romance in February with "Love Letters," a play by A.R. Gurney, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Three separate casts from different generations will read and write their letters in three separate shows.
Three days only: February 7th, 12th and 14th.
And the actors are actually couples in real life.
About the show: "'Love Letters' is a tale of timeless love between two childhood friends who stay connected for more than fifty years by pouring their passion onto paper and relying on the Post Office to deliver it. Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III begin trading letters in grammar school and continue doing so through their golden years. The timing just never seems right for them, so they remain stuck in the "friend zone." But they never lose touch."
"I think the beauty of it lies in the love that moves through the arch of a lifetime no matter what paths are taken," says the show's director Yolanda Fleischer. "I also think that everyone, even though happily married or coupled, has a memory of the 'first love' and of all of the trials, tribulations and laughter that define who we are today."
The characters do not directly relate, but each reacts while the other reads, with the actors displaying some astonishing talent. Though distance and different lifestyles keep Andrew and Melissa apart, the letters remain their "relationship lifeline," as they share their heartache and hope.
Those high profile actors were undoubtedly attracted to the play's universal truths that Fleischer is certain will captivate audiences. "Love endures, love changes, but love remains," she says. "Hearts break and are mended; a shared story connects. Ultimately, those memories of the ones we love comfort us."
"Love Letters" Performance Location:
Two Muses Theatre performs in the Barnes and Noble Booksellers Theatre Space, 6800 Orchard Lake Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322 (south of 15 mile in West Bloomfield. Enter the bookstore and the theatre is on the left.)
Advance Tickets are $13/Adults; $10/Students and Senior citizens 62 years and older; Tickets are $2 more when purchased at the door.
General admission seating: House opens 30 minutes prior to performance.
Purchase tickets: ONLINE: at www.twomusestheatre.org; BY PHONE: call 248.850-9919
Dinner Packages at the No.VI Chophouse in Novi are available on February 7th and 12th for Two Muses Theatre ticketholders. For more information, see www.twomusestheatre.org or call 248.850-9919.
Cast and Staff
Rusty Mewha is so glad to be onstage with the love of his life, Robyn, whom he met in 1998 in Suburbia at Planet Ant Theatre. The last time they worked together onstage was in 1999. Some of Rusty's favorite roles: Caleb (The Whipping Man, JET/Plowshares), Curly (Oklahoma, Encore Musical Theatre), Jack (Kong's Night Out, Meadow Brook Theatre), Richard (The 39 Steps, Meadow Brook), and Proteus (The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Waterworks). Rusty is a proud member Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild.
Robyn Lipnicki MEWHA has been working as an actor in the Detroit area almost twice as long as she's been married to Rusty. Both roles have blessed her greatly. As a mother of four, Robyn Has had the opportunity to perform intermittently over the past ten years at Meadow Brook Theatre (Enchanted April, Shout: The Mod Musical), the Detroit Repertory Theatre (Wrongful Life), the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (I Was Just Kidding, Bug Club). Robyn is a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Second Generation Cast: Karen Sheridan and Sam Pollak (both from Oak Park) will perform Sunday, February 12th at 6:30pm
KAREN SHERIDAN has performed roles at Meadow Brook Theatre, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Attic Theatre, and narrated for the Warren Symphony, Pontiac Oakland Symphony and Oakland Chamber Musicians. A professor of theatre at Oakland University, Karen has acted and directed with the Classical Theatre Program during summers in Greece, and for many seasons at Peninsula Players in Wisconsin. She met Sam Pollak when she played his wife in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Enjoying his onstage partnership so much, she decided to keep him.