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: 802Tix.com, actorsreptvt.