Opposites attract, right? Playwright A. R. Gurney certainly thinks so with acclaimed play Love Letters. The drama begins with Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, who are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. The childhood friendship turns into an attraction that, despite their differences, lasts a lifetime. Gurney’s approach to the play is unique as he uses the epistolary form. Actors read the letters that are exchanged between them over the decades of their tumultuous relationship. Sometimes hilarious and often poignant, theirs is an affair in which love itself goes unacknowledged yet it is sustained by a thoroughly human undercurrent of unfulfilled need and fragile dependence
Love Letters opens at SECCA on February 14, Valentine’s Day, at 7:30. with evening performances at the same time on, February 15, 20, 21, and 22 and matinee performances at 2:00 on February 16, 17 and 17.