Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Love Letters’ at JCMI

Just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend, the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is presenting a licensed production of J. R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Love Letters.” This one night only production is presented to capture the relationship between two people who have known each other from their early childhood and for fifty years thereafter.

“Love Letters” was written by A. R. Gurney and opened on Broadway in 1989 and has been performed on Broadway many times over the past 30 years. The list of actors and actresses who have appeared in this play is an astounding collection of A-List celebrities, including Julie Harris, Christopher Reeve, Jason Robards, Polly Bergen, Carol Burnett, Mel Gibson, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, among others. Even Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal of “Love Story” fame toured the United States performing “Love Letters.”

The performance is scheduled for February 16th at 7:30 PM at the Temple located on Winterberry Drive and stars two well respected and experienced members of the community, Elaine Hankin and Steve Goldenberg. The entire production is under the capable direction of Amancio Dias.

“Love Letters” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Dramatics and has been performed not only in the United States but throughout the world. Just last year the play was even performed in Russia. The play is a poignant story of two souls who have been together almost their whole lives as shown by the letters they have written to each other over the decades. It is both funny and sad, as you get to meet both Melanie and Andy as they grow and try to survive.

The play has been reviewed many times. One review stated, “Love Letters is sentimental but it is also beautiful as we witness the close bond between these two people, the emotional ups and downs of their lives together and separately and how their friendship through correspondence helped them through the best and worst times. It is (in many ways) too normal and yet the emotional depth stills shines through.”

What a wonderful way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day Weekend.

Tickets are available at the Temple office at 991 Winterberry Drive or by calling the office at 239-642-0800.

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