Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s new and improved senior program, Senior Repertory Theatre, is staging its first-ever production – Love Letters.
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of “good schools.” While Andy is off at 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, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother after Melissa’s untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
Featuring an all-senior cast and helmed by Seacoast Rep performer Tim Hackney, Love Letters is 2018’s first of four all-senior productions. Senior Repertory Theatre aims to be an artistic home for seniors at Seacoast Rep, dipping into all aspects of the performing arts. The quarterly program allows seniors to participate at their level of comfort, but also test their limits.
Showtimes are March 29th and 30th at 1pm and 31st at 10am. Tickets are free for seniors, $5 for general admission.