“Love Letters” Valentine’s performances to benefit SKIT Productions

“Love Letters” by AR Gurney, a play nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, will be presented on Feb. 14 and 15, at 8 p.m., at the SKIT Productions studio, 507 Ellis Ave., Maryville. The play chronicles the lifelong relationship between a man and a woman solely through their letters to each other. From their early childhood Valentine’s cards to their later confidances, “Love Letters” takes you on a journey that will make you laugh, cry, and remember the time before e-mails and text messaging.

“Love Letters” was first performed in 1988 and became a favorite for busy well-known actors, since the play’s lines should not be memorized. Off, and on Broadway, it attracted such actors as Lynn Redgrave, Marsha Mason, Joan VanArk, Christopher Reeve, William Hurt, and Christopher Walken. In 2007, Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones paired up to give a benefit performance which raised $1 million for Taylor’s AIDS foundation.

This production will feature local actors Gayle Greene and Gregg Roberts, and will benefit SKIT Productions. This is the first offering of the new adult community theatre group forming at SKIT.

Anyone interested in learning more about the new theatre group is invited to stay after the performance for coffee and snacks and a brief informational meeting.

“Love Letters” is the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved or purchased by calling 865-621-0216 or visit www.skitproductions.net. There is a $1 service charge per ticket for online orders. Or purchase tickets at the door but seating is limited. “Love Letters” is appropriate for adults and children ages 13 and up and is produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Services, Inc. New York, NY.

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