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Ashburton Art Gallery

327 West St

Ashburton | 7700

P | 03 308 1133

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Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Morning and Christmas day

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Love Letters | Art Gallery Fundraiser

09 December | 2:30pm afternoon tea performance & 7:30pm bubbly and dessert performance

Don’t miss this unique fundraiser, perfect for your Christmas functions.

We will be hosting a fundraiser in December with the worlld-wide acclaimed play, Love Letters by American playwright A.R. Gurney. There will be a matinee and evening performance of this heartfelt piece centred on the exchange of letters between two characters, Melissa played by Karen Elliot and Andrew played by Kevin Soster. The play is told solely through the letters, notes and cards they wrote to each other over a period of fifty years.

Love Letters explores the bittersweet relationship of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, lawyer and politician, and Melissa Gardner, a free-spirited artist, as told solely through the letters, notes and cards they wrote to each other over fifty years.

A.R. Gurney, is renowned for capturing the manners of upper-middle-class WASP America. In an age of instant communication, his Pulitzer Prize nominated Love Letters reminds audiences of the intimacy of letter writing, as it traces the relationship between the impetuous, lively Melissa and the staid, no-nonsense Andy. As the letters are read aloud, what is created is a frequently funny, yet evocative and touching story, in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

From its smash hit Broadway debut in 1989, Love Letters has been translated into such diverse languages as French and Urdu, and performed all over the world. Actors of all ages have clamoured to play Melissa and Andy, including Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels; Charlton Heston and Jean Simmons; Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, as well as Alan Alda, Diana Rigg, Martin Sheen and Christopher Walken.

Love Letters is an extraordinary piece,’ says Brian Dennehy, who played Andy in the 2014 Broadway revival. ‘You cannot stage a play more simply than this, and yet it’s about everything in life. First love, loss of opportunities, loss of life, loss of love … ‘It’s a beautiful play, and all you do is speak it.’

Tickets are available from the Gallery reception for $50 each, $35 for rest home and retirement village residents, and $45 for Gallery Friends.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Dramatists Play Service, Inc New York.

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