Theater

Williams Street Repertory to bring 'Love Letters' to Crystal Lake

A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama opens Feb. 9 at Raue Center for the Arts

The two-character Williams Street Repertory drama, "Love Letters," opening Feb. 9 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, features Shannon Mayhall as Melissa and Frank Gaughan as Andrew.
The two-character Williams Street Repertory drama, "Love Letters," opening Feb. 9 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake, features Shannon Mayhall as Melissa and Frank Gaughan as Andrew.

Have you loved someone across time and distance?

Williams Street Repertory, McHenry County’s only professional theater company, will present A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama, “Love Letters,” at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake. This bittersweet epistolary romance opens Feb. 9 and runs through Feb. 11.

“I’m happy that we are finally able to mount ‘Love Letters’ for Valentine’s Day,” Founding Artistic Director Richard Kuranda said. “It’s a unique theatrical event that is remarkable and truly emotional.”

When Andrew Makepeace Ladd III accepts an invitation to Melissa Gardner’s birthday party and she writes him a thank you note, a romantic friendship and correspondence destined to last for almost half a century are born. Gurney’s two-character play follows the relationship between a stuffy W.A.S.P. and a free-spirited woman, throughout their lives from childhood to death, as chronicled in the letters they write to each other.

WSR’s production of “Love Letters” is directed by Robin M. Hughes. The two-character drama features Shannon Mayhall as Melissa and Frank Gaughan as Andrew.

“I love working with Frank Gaughan. This will be my third time on stage with him, and we have often said to each other that we have each other’s back,” said Mayhall, who received the 2016 BroadwayWorld Chicago Award for Best Actress in a Play (Resident Equity) for her role in WSR’s “Death of a Salesman.”

The production is described as simply staged and intimate, complete with an on-stage bar and drink selection.

Tickets to “Love Letters” start at $15 for general admission, $10.50 for RaueNOW members or $6 for students ages 18 and younger. For student discounts and group rates (10 or more), call the Raue Center Box Office at 815-356-9212. For information, visit www.wsrep.org.

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