Alec Baldwin and Kelli O'Hara star in Westport Country Playhouse's gala performance of A.R. Gurney's play Love Letters. The one-night-only fundraising event honors the memory of Gurney, who was a consistent contributor to the Playhouse stage, with 21 works produced there from 1980 through 2016. Gurney died last June at 86.
Baldwin portrays Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, and O'Hara plays Melissa Gardner in Love Letters, an imaginative theater piece consisting of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. Their letters tell how much they really meant to each other over the years — physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually close. As the actors read the letters aloud, they create an evocative, touching, frequently funny, and always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.