BY A.R. GURNEY
DIRECTED BY JULIANNE BOYD
STARRING MARK H. DOLD AND DEBRA JO RUPP
PERFORMANCES SEPTEMBER 22 through OCTOBER 2 ONLY
(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents a special limited engagement of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC favorites Mark H. Dold (Freud’s Last Session, Breaking the Code) and Debra Jo Rupp (Kimberly Akimbo, Dr. Ruth, All the Way). Performances begin September 22, 2016, with opening night set for September 24, 2016, running through October 2, 2016.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist, A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters has been performed all over the country. Love Letters is a touching, funny and ultimately moving story of a 50-year old correspondence between two childhood friends whose relationship weathers time and distance.
A.R. Gurney has been writing plays for most of his life. Among his many works are The Dining Room, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, and Sylvia. He lives in Connecticut and New York City.
Mark H. Dold (Andrew Makepeace Ladd III) As an Associate Artist, this is Mark’s twelfth season with Barrington Stage Company. Notable roles include the critically acclaimed performance of Alan Turing in Breaking the Code, Ian in Shining City, Bruce Baldwin in His Girl Friday and over two years as C.S. Lewis in the award-winning Freud’s Last Season. Mark has worked in television and film, on and off Broadway and in regional theaters from coast to coast. He is graduate of The Yale School of Drama and a member of The Actor’s Center. www.markhdold.com.
Debra Jo Rupp (Melissa Gardner) Last seen at Barrington Stage in Kimberly Akimbo and Dr. Ruth: All the Way. Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner. Off Broadway: Becoming Dr. Ruth (Nom: Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Conn Critics Cir); A Girl’s Guide to Chaos; Frankie and Johnnie in the Claire de Lune; The Butcher of Baraboo (Judith Ivey, Second Stage). Recent regional: Deathtrap (Berkshire Theater Group), Madagascar (Chester) Annapurna (Rob Ruggiero, TheaterWorks Hartford), True West, A Flea in Her Ear (John Rando, Williamstown). Film credits include Big, Clockwatchers, Sgt. Bilko, She’s Out of My League and over 200 television appearances, most notably: That ‘70s Show, Seinfeld, Friends, Hart of Dixie, Better With You. Debra most recently shot a TV pilot with Candice Bergen.
Love Letters is designed by Lucas Pawelski (lighting and sound). Lisa Klages is the production stage manager.
Love Letters was first performed by the playwright A.R. Gurney and Holland Taylor as a benefit for the NYPL in 1988. John Tillinger directed the regional premiere with Joanna Gleason and John Rubinstein at the Long Wharf Theatre, followed by the long-running Off Broadway at the Promenade Theatre and Broadway premiere at the Edison Theatre in 1989. Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow headlined the 2014 Broadway revival.
Tickets ($25-$46) for Love Letters are on sale now. The performance schedule for Love Letters is as follows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday matinee at 3:00pm.
Love Letters is sponsored by Audrey and Ralph Friedner. The 2016 St. Germain Stage Season is sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, originally presented in 2013, opened on Broadway in 2014 with BSC as a co-producer, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. Barrington Stage was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012, and was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011, 2012, and 2015.
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