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Theatre Convivio presents it’s Valentine’s Day benefit production for 2014: Love Letters by A. R. Gurney. Starring OSF Veteran Dee Maaske and, in a rare appearance, longtime television, stage and screen actor Jon Cypher. This benefit performance runs for four shows only, over Valentine’s Day weekend.
A tender and beautiful monument to a lifetime of love and friendship between the two main characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, Love Letters is an intimate reading presented with a two-person cast.
The two main characters are seated at their writing tables, reading the notes, letters and cards which they have exchanged over the course of nearly 60 years. The reading serves as a record of a lifetime of hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.
A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was initially presented by the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988. Many notable actors and actresses have have played the two main roles, including: Barbara Barrie, Philip Bosco, Stephen Collins, Victor Garber, Julie Harris, George Grizzard, Anthony Heald, George Hearn, Richard Kiley, Dana Ivey, William Hurt, Marsha Mason, Christopher Reeve, Holland Taylor, George Segal, Christopher Walken, Joan Van Ark, Treat Williams, and Frances Sternhagen.
On October 31 that same year, a Broadway production opened at the Edison Theatre, where it ran for 96 performances. It opened with Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards. Other performers paired in the Broadway production included Lynn Redgrave and John Clark, Stockard Channing and John Rubinstein, Jane Curtin and Edward Hermann, Kate Nelligan and David Dukes, Polly Bergen and Robert Vaughn, Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern, Swoosie Kurtz and Richard Thomas, Elaine Stritch and Cliff Robertson, Nancy Marchand and Fritz Weaver, and Robert Foxworth and Elizabeth Montgomery.
Presenting Dee Maaske as Melissa Gardner
A native-born Marylander now living in Ashland, Dee Maaske has performed in professional theater all over the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She most recently appeared as the mayor’s wife in the Randall Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias. Mid-season in 2013, Dee took over the role of Mrs. Higgins in OSF’s musical adaption of My Fair Lady.
At the conclusion of these readings, Dee will leave Ashland to begin rehearsals for Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles at the Capital Stage Company in Sacramento, California, which opens March 15th and runs thru April13th, 2014.
Dee is more than a little excited to be reading with her pal Jon Cypher and hopes this benefit performance will encourage and support the growth of regional theatres, such as Theatre Convivio here in the Rogue Valley.
Presenting Jon Cypher as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III
Born in New York City, Jon Cypher has starred in numerous movies, TV series and Broadway shows and co-starred in many more. Memorable roles include his debut in the original 1957 production of Prince Charming, starring opposite Julie Andrews. He played Chief of Police Fletcher Daniels in Hill Street Blues. Commanding General Marcus Craig in Major Dad and Dr. Alex Keith in As The World Turns. His stage credits include the roles of both Dr. Carrasco and Don Quixote in the original 1965 cast of Man of La Mancha. Cypher also played Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in the original production of Tennessee Williams‘s The Night of the Iguana as well as El Gallo in The Fantasticks.
HELD OVER UNTIL DECEMBER 29th!
Join Theatre Convivio at the newly remodeled Bellview Grange for Light Sensitive, a charming holiday tale about three wounded souls healed by love. Play by Jim Geoghan, starring Michael Meyer, Lia Dugal and David King-Gabriel. Directed by Richard A. Heller.
Light Sensitive opens December 5, 2013 and runs through December 22. Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2pm, evening shows Thursday through Saturday at 8pm.
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Call (541) 708-1817 for more information.
Cellist Samantha Kushnick
Thursday, October 3
At the Bellview Grange – 1050 Tolman Creek Rd
7:30 pm – Suggested $7 and up
“My friend Sam Vogt and I are hitting the road this fall! He’ll be playing guitar, banjo and mandolin on my tunes as we make our way along the west coast. We’re stoked to be playing house shows at the homes of some of our favorite people. We’ll also be making an appearance at a historic mansion (!) and at a farm in one of the most gorgeous places on earth, among other lovely venues.”
You can hear a few tracks from the new record at www.samanthakushnick.com.
Hope to see you on our journey!
Sami (and Sam)
Theatre Convivio is proud to be partnering with the Bellview Grange in a complete stage remodel!
Soon to appear on the new stage:
THE FANTASTICKS – opening August 1.
Cory Davison – Mortimer
David Dials – Henry
Richard Heller – El Gallo
Jordan Lawhorn – Matt
Peter Quince – Hucklebee
Iris Young – Luisa
Douglas Young – Bellomy
Lisa Worfel – the Mute
Please join musical director Chris Bingham, choreographer Vanessa Nowitski, set & light designer Gabriel Ash and director Richard Heller in this joyful presentation of a musical theatre classic!
March 23rd & 24th, 2013
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