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A Benefit Performance of
by A.R. Gurney
(1988 Pulitzer Prize nominated play)

       A BENEFIT  for the Theater Company
and the Performing Arts Center…Tickets: $20.00 

Performed by the Incomparable MARY ANN HAY as Melissa
PAUL MEACHAM, Artistic Director and Actor for the Theater. as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III

“Laugh-out-loud lines and an ending that will squeeze tears out of all but the stoniest hearts…compelling…pleasant.”

A unique and imaginative theatre piece  that is is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down

The Story—

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years. While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Call 973-383-0510 for information, reservations, and tickets.