Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and Tony winner Kelli O’Hara will star in Westport Country Playhouse’s Spring Gala performance of A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters April 12 at 7 PM.
Artistic Director Mark Lamos will helm the reading, a fundraising event to honor the memory of playwright Gurney, who was a consistent contributor to the Playhouse stage, with 21 works produced there from 1980 through 2016. Gurney died in June 2017 at age 86.
“Love Letters shows Pete Gurney—the single most produced playwright at WCP—at the top of his form,” said Lamos in a statement. “He valued simplicity above all else, and if a word excised could make a piece of dialogue sadder or funnier or more dramatic, he knew just which one to toss. He loved simple sets, small casts; he hated all things bloated, over-produced or overwrought.”
Baldwin will portray Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, and O’Hara will play Melissa Gardner in the show, which is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.
Tickets are $250, of which $200 is tax deductible. Proceeds will benefit the non-profit theatre, now in its 88th season, its work onstage, with schools, and throughout the community.
For more information and tickets, call (203) 227-4177 or visit westportplayhouse.org.