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Lisa Mitchell and Grady Enlow rehearse the play “Love Letters,” which will be presented at Thomas University on April 12.


TU to present ‘Love Letters’ on April 12

Before tweets or texts, before Facebook or Instagram, people wrote letters. In “Love Letters,” we see the highs, lows and everything in between of a relationship through their exchange of letters over a lifetime.

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present “Love Letters” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus.

From their first scrawled valentines of childhood to the last guilty goodbyes, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III’s letters envelop us in a unique nostalgia. While the images they create bring back youth’s universal innocence, fears and fancies, they further reveal themselves, their goals and their dreams in a “love affair” that takes them from grade school through middle age. As they ponder opportunity lost and love squandered, we see the very essence of their life-long relationship – all in the letters that were at its very root.

This will be the 11th annual spring production. While most have been presented by student performers, “Love Letters” will star Lisa Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Speech and Theatre, and Dr. Grady K. Enlow, Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Mitchell will also direct the production.

“This play brings a great opportunity to show the evolution of a friendship/relationship over decades and highlight the beauty of the written word,” Mitchell said. “The relationship of the two characters reveals itself through the reading of their letters from across decades. Having presented Shakespeare and ancient Greek plays, this modern one gives a new perspective. The letter writing will strike a chord with baby boomers (as well as the Greatest Generation) while seeming ‘old-fashioned’ to our traditional students, who are digital natives, tweeting and texting and Instagramming daily, rarely putting pen to paper to write a letter.”

Written by A.R. Gurney, “Love Letters” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It opened in 1988 at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. This presentation of “Love Letters” is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

There is no admission fee for the performance, and the public is welcome.

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