Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nov 20 - Dec 6: Arnica Skulstad-Brown in LOVE LETTERS

Arnica Skulstad-Brown is an exceptionally gifted actress from the theatre program at Trinity Western who went on to do her MFA at the highly regarded Temple University actor training program. She's back in the lower mainland now, and we'll have a chance to see her work at an upcoming production of A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS. Not to be missed.

Fight Like A Girl Productions presents
a romantic comedy by A.R. Gurney

November 20 - December 6, 2008
with a Gala Opening Nov 22
Thur-Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm

Inlet Theatre
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

This winter marks the 20th anniversary of the smash hit, which was first performed in 1988 in New York by John Rubinstein and Kathleen Turner and has since continued to star an exhausting list of celebrated actors. Adding to that long list of talent are our two actors Mitchell Janzen, playing Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, and Arnica Skulstad-Brown, playing Melissa Gardner.

“Love Letters” takes the relationship of Andy and Melissa, and lets the audience witness time passing in a recognizable, hilarious, and heart-wrenching way. The poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence, maturity, and into middle age, solely through their correspondence.

As the production traces the lifelong letters of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andy, and the lively, unstable artist Melissa, the story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written - and what is left unsaid. The words are both hysterical and moving; the audience comes to know both of them intimately – from their boarding school and summer camp upbringing, through to political aspirations, love affairs, military service and artistic ambitions.

A smash hit both off and on Broadway, Love Letters captures Andy and Melissa with a precision of detail and depth of feeling only Gurney can command. In such critically acclaimed plays as The Dining Room and The Cocktail Hour, A.R. Gurney has wittily captured the manners of upper-middle class WASP America, but never as gracefully or with such dazzling economy as in Love Letters.

It'll make you search out your illicit love letters, mourn your lost youth and wish for a pen pal. It might even stir you to write a letter to your love, which, at 52 cents is still a cheap thrill.

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