The Play by A.R. Gurney
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.
Tracing the lifelong
correspondence of the staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and the lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner, the story of their
bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written -- and what is left unsaid -- in their letters.
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
- from book jacket Love Letters A Plume Book-Penguin
"Exhilarating, funny and moving."
- The Wall Street Journal
Joyce Braithwaite - (Melissa)
is a free-lance writer whose articles have appeared in the Detroit Free Press, Detroit
News, Lansing State Journal and other newspapers and magazines. She is perhaps best known for her career in
Michigan politics and government where she spent 4 years in Lansing as administrative assistant to Republican State
Chairman Elly Peterson, followed by 14 years in the Capitol as Political Director, fundraiser and statewide campaign
manager for former Governor William G. Milliken. She appeared in theatrical productions of the Lansing Circle
Playhouse, the Lansing Civic Players, and the Ledges Playhouse (now the Boarshead Theatre) and has done radio and
television voice-overs. She is married to James Brickley, Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.
Dean Robb - (Andrew Makepeace Ladd)
is one of Michigan's most prominent and influential
attorneys and a longtime Democratic activist. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, he was named by his
fellow alumni as Lawyer of the Year in 1975-76. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and was
founder of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, a national non-profit law firm in Washington, D.C. dedicated to taking on,
pro bono, challenging cases of public interest. He has lectured extensively in 45 states on trial practice and civil rights
issues. A member of Actors' Equity, has appeared on the stages of the Old Town and Cherry County Playhouses,
and in his own one-man shows as Mark Twain and Will Rogers.
Guy Molnar - (Director)
is back home in Traverse City for the summer, having recently completed his first year of
Professional Actor Training in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of South Carolina. At USC this year
he appeared as both Governor Arthur Phillip and convict John Wisehammer in "Our Country's Good," Dave McComber
in "Ah, Wilderness!", and Friar Lawrence in "Romeo & Juliet." Locally his work as director, actor, and musician has
been seen on stages all over the Grand Traverse Region, including the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan
Ensemble Theatre, and especially the Old Town Playhouse.
Active at OTP since 1990, he has directed some of the Playhouse's most acclaimed productions, and served as
Matt McCormick - (Set/Graphics)
is a Graphic Designer with Corbin Design of Traverse City.
Prior to working for Corbin Design he was 50% of the art department of
Traverse Magazine for seven years, serving as the Art
Director in his last year. Matt has a B.F.A. from Northern Michigan University and is an active volunteer with the Old Town Playhouse and Friends North. Matt also developed the art work for the Love Letters fundraiser.