Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner are both born to wealth and position. They write to each other through invitations, thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through boarding school and college years. While Andy goes off to 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 is elected to the U.S. Senate.  Meanwhile, Melissa dabbles in art, enters into destructive relationships, drinks and becomes estranged from her children.

“Love Letters” is directed by Gary Meitrott, who has directed two previous shows for ART, “Steel Magnolias” and “Alabama Story.” The play is designed to be read aloud by two actors, who sit side by side at separate table throughout the production. They read letters to each other over a lifelong correspondence, beginning with a birthday party invitation in elementary school and ending when they are adults who have followed different paths. Although they weren’t together very often physically throughout the years, they meant everything to each other and “were spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.”

Tickets are $22 (including $2 handling fee) per person. Advanced tickets can be purchased at: or in person at “The Rutland Herald”, 77 Grove Street, suite 102, Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the door. ART is offering a BOGO with a receipt from any downtown Restaurant, buy one full price ticket and get the second one for half price. 







Current Season

A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is a tender, tragi-comic, and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. While spanning five decades and numerous locations, it is staged simply, with two actors behind desks or sitting in cozy chairs, letting their words describe a world of emotion. Performance Dates: February 14-16 with shows at 7:30  pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays.

The End of the World As We Know It is a new play by Jeanne Beckwith whose work has been performed from San Diego to Istanbul. Winner of  the Valley Players Theater’s Vermont Playwrights Award, it is the story of Haley, a woman who has a secret that forces her to run away and of Charlie, the husband she has left behind, who has begun to question the realities of life. Performance Dates: April 17-19 and 24-26 with shows at 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 3 pm on Sundays.

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Rutland, Vermont 05702
United States

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