Fulton Community Theatre concludes it 20th-Anniversary season with a revival of one of it most personal productions of the last two-decades, A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters.
The play opens on Saturday, May 7 at 8 PM on the Jubilee Hall Stage at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton. Additional performances include are Sunday, May 8 at 2 PM; Saturday, May 14 at 8 PM; and Sunday, May 15 at 2PM. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Students and Seniors.
Gurney’s play tells the story of pen pals for life. Andrew M. Ladd III is a young boy born into wealth and privilege. Melissa Gardner is from a broken family and struggles for identity and opportunity. What begins as a writing exercise becomes a correspondence that lasts a lifetime. They share letters through the years, building upon their friendship. Time takes them from friends to lovers, but eventually their lives take them to other parts of the country and even the world. The letters they share sometimes keep them up to date, while other times they share their most intimate thoughts.
Featured in the play are the talents of four performers sharing the story of Andy and Melissa. Rita Worlock and William Edward White will appear in the roles on May 7 and May 15. Kathleen DeGolyer and Michael A. Bolio will portray the couple on May 8 and May 14.
The production is under the direction of William Edward White, who along with DeGolyer are well familiar with the play. They first tackled the lives of Gurney’s pen-pals when FCT first mounted the show in the fall of 2000. That production was under the direction of Holly Otis, one of the theatre’s charter members. After Otis passed away suddenly in 2001, a memorial production of the show was included in FCT’s 2002 season.
“While every time you approach the text of a show you find something new and fresh, Holly’s original vision of this particular piece remains with us,” White said, explaining that the staging of this production will have echoes of the way FCT originally presented the show under Otis’ direction.
Love Letters concludes FCT’s 20th Anniversary “Season with Old Friends”. The theatre’s board of directors have already decided on a slate of show for the beginning of its third decade – a season which White, who is also FCT’s Artistic Director, will bring to Fulton many moments of laughs and music. For tickets and information, people can call 598-7840 or visit the theatre website, www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net or on Facebook.