Current Off-Broadway Stars Weaver and Daniels Read Love Letters for Flea Benefit

News   Current Off-Broadway Stars Weaver and Daniels Read Love Letters for Flea Benefit Stage and screen actors Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels headline a Flea Theater benefit performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters June 4.
Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels star in the Love Letters benefit for the Flea Theater.
Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels star in the Love Letters benefit for the Flea Theater.

Flea artistic director Jim Simpson directs the benefit show scheduled for a 7 PM curtain at The Frederick Loewe Theater (on the campus of New York University). Gurney's Love Letters follows the story of two friends — attorney and aspiring politician Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and troubled artist Melissa Gardner — who share a lifelong correspondence and mutual attraction. The oft-produced two-hander was adapted by Gurney for the small screen in 1999 starring Steven Weber and Laura Linney.

Weaver — a Gurney veteran of Mrs. Farnsworth (for Flea) — currently appears in the Off-Broadway world premiere of his Crazy Mary at Playwrights Horizons. The actress, known for her film work in the "Alien" series, "Ghostbusters," and her Academy Award-nominated turn in "Gorillas in the Mist," has also appeared on stage in Hurlyburly, The Mercy Seat and The Guys — she also stars in the film version of the latter, which is directed by husband Jim Simpson.

Daniels now appears Off-Broadway in David Harrower's Blackbird at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The actor is also known for such film work as "The Squid and The Whale," "Dumb & Dumber," "Terms of Endearment," "Gettysburg" and more. He also appeared on Broadway in Redwood Curtain, Fifth of July and The Golden Age. Daniels has also written plays, many of which have been staged at Chelsea, Michigan's Purple Rose Theatre Company — of which he is founder and executive director.

Tickets to the event ($250; or $1,250 for tickets, gala dinner with the stars and a live auction) at NYU's Frederick Loewe Theater, 35 West 4th Street (at Greene Street), are available by calling The Flea at (212) 226-0051, ext 110. For more information visit theflea.org.