WILMINGTON -- The MHCA, "formerly" Memorial Hall Center for the Arts, will present Diana Stugger and Don Albano in A. R. Gurney’s 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominated play, "Love Letters," Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Dover Town Hall.
"Love Letters" is a unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, "needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance." The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
Stugger returns to the Deerfield Valley and is performing for the second time with Don Albano in an MHCA production of "Love Letters." In past years she has collaborated with Barbara Lipstadt in productions of "Pipin," "Guys and Dolls," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Secret Garden" and "Into the Woods." She began her professional theatre career as an actress/dancer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since moving to Vermont, she has performed in numerous productions in Vermont, New Hampshire & Massachusetts. She is the stage director, choreographer and dramatic coach for several Opera Theatre of Weston’s productions.
Albano is a native of Springfield, Mass., who began acting in a college production of "The Cocktail Party." After he moved to Vermont, he first appeared opposite Stugger in the musical "Applause," in the 1970s. The next time he appeared with her was in the first MHCA production of "Love Letters" at Memorial Hall, in 1998.
In its 16th season, MHCA is a 501(C)(3) charitable arts organization.
Dover Town Hall is located on Holland Road, East Dover. Tickets are $12, $8 for students through high school. MHCA is operating this year without a formal box office; for a listing of events and a form for ordering tickets by mail, please see memhall.org. To order tickets by phone call 802-464-8411.