LOVE LETTERS with Ali MacGraw & Ryan O'Neal Coming to The Wallis, 10/13-25
They made history 45 years ago when they starred in Love Story, the most talked about film of its day--Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal now reunite for Love Letters, a special theatrical tour that will make its official tour launch at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Love Letters by celebrated American playwright A.R. Gurney is an enduring romance about first loves and second chances. It will perform Tuesday, Oct 13 through Sunday, Oct 25, (press opening Oct. 14), onstage at the Bram Goldsmith Theater at The Wallis. Love Letters is directed by two time Tony-winning director Gregory Mosher.
Critical praise for Love Letters began in July during the U.S. tour's preview Florida engagement. "The forever-linked co-stars of the 1970 movie Love Story are delivering something more than Gurney's 1988 play: long-ago cinematic love and loss, nostalgia, the easy warmth of long-time friends," said the Miami Herald. "In between, O'Neal and MacGraw bring Gurney's rich characters to life in heartbreak and tears (and with lots of audible gasps from the audience). Certain truths about the heart don't change. And neither do the chemistry and charisma of the Love Story/Love Letters stars."
Love Letters is the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (O'Neal) and Melissa Gardner (MacGraw), two young people from similar backgrounds who take very different paths in life. Despite leading lives which should not intersect, they can't let go of each other throughout their 50-year friendship, and their marriages and families with other people.
Love Letters was produced on Broadway by Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Frederick Zollo, Olympus Theatrical, Michael G. Wilson, Lou Spisto, Colleen Camp, Postmark Entertainment Group, Judith Ann Abrams/Pat Flicker Addis, Kenneth Teaton in association with Jon Bierman, Tim Degraye, Daniel Frishwasser, Elliott Masie, Mai Nguyen, Scott Lane/Joseph Sirola, Jonathan Demar/Jeffrey Solis. More information at www.LoveLettersOnTour.com.
There will be two post-performance "Talk-Backs" with the stars on Thursday, Oct 15 and Thursday, Oct 22 immediately following the show.
Tickets are available at www.thewallis.org, by calling 310-746-4000, or in person at The Wallis Ticket Services located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Photo by Austin Hargrave