Friday, October 7th – Sunday, October 9th
Friday, October 14th – Sunday, October 16th
This two-weekend production replaces
Arsenic and Old Lace in our 2011 Season
Pulitzer Prize-nominated comedy/drama
by A.R. Gurney
Produced by Al & Maureen Edick
Directed by Julie Vorus
This critically acclaimed play, which the Wall Street Journal called “exhilarating, funny, and
moving,” has attracted tens of thousands of audience members to presentations around the
world. It has been performed by a list of recognized actors that reads like a “Who’s Who” of
Oscar and Emmy award winners: Elizabeth Taylor, James Earl Jones, Lynn Redgrave,
Christopher Reeve, Kathleen Turner, Christopher Walken, Richard Kiley, Marsha Mason, George
Segal, Stockard Channing, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Elizabeth Montgomery, William Hurt,
Sigourney Weaver, Timothy Hutton…and the list goes on.
The play traces the lifelong correspondence between staid, dutiful lawyer Andrew Makepeace
Ladd III and lively, unstable artist Melissa Gardner. The compelling story of their bittersweet
relationship gradually unfolds from what is written--and left unsaid--in their letters, cards, and notes
to each other from childhood through middle age.
This particular production recently made its triumphant “off Broadway” debut when, after weeks of
preparation by the actors, BLT hosted a one-night, special performance to benefit a church
congregation in Transylvania County that had lost its building to a devastating fire. A financial and
artistic success, the performance ended with a standing ovation, shouts of “You were awesome!”
and subsequent, complimentary notes to Ms. Vorus and Mr. Narsavage from audience members.
In the light of such an auspicious debut, BLT’s board of directors deemed the production worthy to
replace Arsenic and Old Lace when that play could not be cast.
Nevertheless, the show is not for everyone. Despite its simple premise and staging, Love Letters
gives more sophisticated theatre-goers the opportunity to build their own visual framework in
which to encase the words and emotions expressed by the actors. The audience members,
initially only amused observers, are ultimately drawn into the whirlwind surrounding the
characters—emotions and situations often described in “adults only” language. Patrons seeking
a stimulating, challenging theatre experience will find it in Love Letters.
"Stunning and excellent….Together you and Joe were remarkable. I loved the play
itself. I was drawn into the relational dynamic and found myself empathizing with
both characters."—C.H., Ph.D., Brevard
“You and Julie were magnificent last night, as we told each of you after the show.
[My wife] and I were bursting with pride to witness and hear another of your
outstanding productions. This was the best yet!”—T.F., Brevard
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.........Joe Narsavage
Melissa Gardner ..........................Julie Vorus
October 7th* & 8th (Friday & Saturday) at 8 PM; doors open 7 PM
October 9th (Sunday) at 3 PM (Doors open 2 PM)
October 14th & 15th (Friday & Saturday) at 8 PM; doors open 7 PM
October 16th (Sunday) at 3 PM; doors open 2 PM
*Complimentary opening night reception after October 7th performance provided by
Earthshine Mountain Lodge (Click here to visit its website!)
TICKETS: $16 (adults) & $10 (full-time students).
BLT season tickets apply.
Reduced rates available for groups of 10 or more; call (828) 884-BLTReservations [884-2587].
ADVANCE SALES: Theater box office, in newly air-conditioned, historic American Legion Hall at 55 East
Jordan Street in Brevard, will be open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 AM - 1 PM, September 29th through
PHONE RESERVATIONS: Call (828) 884-BLTReservations [884-2587] starting Monday, September 12th
for phone reservations; anytime for other BLT information.