OFF-NIGHT REPERTORY CURRENT PRODUCTIONS

WINTER SEASON 2005

 



an epistolary venture with

ADDRESS UNKNOWN
by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor

Directed by Michael Fitzpatrick
Adapted and performed by
Roy Doliner
featuring Douglas Dean

  LOVE LETTERS
by A. R. Gurney

Directed by Jessica Hanley
featuring: Johnine Colonna,
Jannina Salvetti and Bruce McGuire
 
PLOT: The story is told through the letters of two men, both German - business partners and friends. One is Jewish, and his partner returns to Germany. The year is 1932 and the rise of Nazi power in Germany is reflected in the correspondence between them: Max, the Jew, remaining in San Francisco and Martin living in Munich. However, Martin is drawn to National Socialism and their relationship can never be the same again, particularly as they face the same personal crisis, provoking an unexpected and thought-provoking final act of revenge.
Originally considered as "the most effective indictment of Nazism to appear in fiction", the play now emerges as a timely cautionary tale against racial, ethnic and nationalist intolerance.
  PLOT: A smash hit both off and on Broadway, Love Letters, traces the lifelong correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. A funny and perceptive reading which begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards and evolves through decades of friendship, estrangement and diverse life choices. Their relationship unfolds into an an eloquent depiction of love from what is written and what is left unsaid in their letters.
In Gurney's introduction to the play, he states that Love Letters was created during an exercise to learn how to type. Not only did he learn to type as a result, but he also won a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1990. From the original production at The Long Wharf Theatre, the play moved off Broadway, onto Broadway and around the world.