Laura Benanti and Matthew Broderick to Perform Love Letters at Irish Rep
Irish Repertory Theatre has announced The Letter Series, featuring brief runs of Dear Liar (April 25-30) by Jerome Kilty and George Bernard Shaw, and Love Letters (May 30-June 4) by A.R. Gurney. Inspired by correspondence of fact and fiction that’s stood the test of time, The Letters Series explores the thrill of witnessing great relationships unfold and sometimes shape our history in an age of instant communication.
Directed by Charlotte Moore, Dear Liar will be performed by Tony nominee Melissa Errico (My Fair Lady) and David Staller (founding artistic director of the Gingold Theatrical Group). Last produced at the Irish Repertory Theatre in 1999, the play is adapted from the legendary correspondence between George Bernard Shaw and celebrated actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell.
A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, last seen on Broadway in 2014, will be performed by Tony winners Matthew Broderick (Plaza Suite) and Laura Benanti (She Loves Me), with direction by Ciarán O’Reilly. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama, Love Letters is a two-hander drama comprising letters exchanged between two friends over a lifetime. Andrew and Melissa, both born into wealth and position, begin their correspondence in childhood with birthday party thank-you notes. Their letters continue through their boarding school and college years while they are romantically attached and later through their individual marriages and careers.
Tickets to The Letter Series are available now to Irish Rep members and will go on sale to the public on March 30.