Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen) heads a cast of four in an innovative reading of Love Letters by A.R. Gurney. The reading is organized by Getting Together for Good, a charitable giving circle, to benefit the Ric Swezey Memorial Library, a program of the Family Equality Council, which supports and protects LGBTQ families through education, advocacy, and legal initiatives.
Love Letters is a tender, tragicomic, and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two complicated lifelong friends. Spanning five decades and numerous locations, the play is usually staged with two actors behind desks or sitting in cozy chairs, letting their words describe a world of emotion. In this innovative adaptation, the reading is split between a straight couple and a gay couple to emphasize the universal theme of love.
Appearing in the straight couple with Will Roland is Annaliese Kirby, a New York-based based actor-producer and cofounder of the No Name Collective. The gay couple is played by Stan Ponte, president of the Drama League and award-winning theatrical composer Andy Monroe. Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner Pearl Berman directs.
The reading is the centerpiece of the evening, which also includes videos from the Family Equality Council and speakers. Cocktails and savories will be served.