Visitors were treated to a two-person performance of 'Love Letters' last night at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center. The performance, written by A.R. Gurney, was directed by Zane Bachert of Tamaqua.
During the play, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by Kevin Killian of Schuylkill Haven, and Melissa Gardner, played by Katelyn Evans of Summit Hill, 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— where Andrew goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." 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.
Encore performances of the play will continue today at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the center.
For more information, call the center, 125 Pine Street, at (570) 668-1192.