“Love Letters”

Husband and wife Chris and Kristen Guay of Jay portray Melissa and Andrew in A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” to be held on Friday, Feb. 14 at 49 Franklin.

Husband and wife Chris and Kristen Guay of Jay portray Melissa and Andrew in A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” to be held on Friday, Feb. 14 at 49 Franklin.

RUMFORD — Paper Moon Players, in conjunction with 49 Franklin, is proud to present a special Valentines performance of “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney, on Friday, Feb. 14 at 49 Franklin.
The performance and dinner is suitable for singles and friends as well as couples.
This Pulitzer Prize nominated play was critically acclaimed by Time magazine as “one of the best American plays of the decade”, and centers around the romance of conservative Andrew Makepeace Ladd lll and tempestuous Melissa Gardner, both born to wealth and position, they are childhood friends who begin their relationship writing thank you notes for birthday parties and summer camp postcards. As Melissa and Andy age, their lives are continually and intimately connected through a series of love letters they exchange discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments.
This unique piece of theater is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime by these two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences, passion and ultimately their love. As the actors read the letters aloud what is created is an evocative, touching and frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies making for a most engaging evening in the theater.
Paper Moon Players actress Kristen Leclerc Guay who was seen as Florence in The Odd Couple and most recently Truvy in Steel Magnolias will portray the witty and sometimes acerbic Melissa. Joining her in his debut with the “players”, is her husband Christopher Guay as the staid Andrew. “Love Letters” will be directed by Keith A. Grassette and produced by Cindy and Scot Grassette and will take place in the Fernand room at 49 Franklin complete with majestic stained glass.
Grapevine Catering of 49 Franklin will prepare roast pork, stuffed shells, Italian green beans, garlic roasted potatoes, fresh baked bread, and a special cheese cake buffet for dessert, vegetarian shells are available, too! Doors open at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour cocktail social 7, dinner is served, show following dinner. Cost is $28 per person, advance reservations only by purchasing tickets at All That Jazz and Bartash’s on Congress street in Rumford or on-line at www.49franklin.com.