"Everwood" and "Desperate Housewives" Stars Read Gurney's Love Letters in L.A.

News   "Everwood" and "Desperate Housewives" Stars Read Gurney's Love Letters in L.A. Stage and screen star Treat Williams joins Brenda Strong for a benefit reading of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters in Los Angeles, Oct. 22.

The curtains rises at 7 PM in the Motion Picture and Television Fund's Louis B. Mayer Theatre. Proceeds will support the non-profit Foundations School Community.

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.

Williams — who currently stars as the patriarch on TV's "Everwood" — last appeared on Broadway in the revival of Follies. The actor performed in the original Off Broadway and Broadway runs of the Gurney work and has also played on stage in The Pirates of Penzance, Once in a Lifetime, Grease, Bobby Gould in Hell and Oleanna. He played the hippie Berger in the 1979 film version of "Hair" and has also appeared in "1941," "Prince of the City," "Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead," "Mulholland Falls" and "Hollywood Ending."

Strong — the deceased housewife who provides the show's narration on "Desperate Housewives" — has appeared on TV's "C.S.I.," "Nip/Tuck," "Seinfeld" and "Sports Night." She has previously worked with Williams on "Everwood" and the film "The Deep End of the Ocean." Other film credits "The Kid and I," "Starship Troopers," "The Craft" and "Spaceballs."

Gurney has enjoyed Off-Broadway runs of his latest works Screen Play, O Jerusalem and Mrs. Farnsworth at the Flea Theatre. The scribe has also penned the plays Scenes from American Life, Children, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, Sweet Sue, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, The Cocktail Hour, The Old Boy, The Fourth Wall, Later Life, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, Overtime, Let's Do It (a Cole Porter musical), Labor Day, Far East, Ancestral Voices and Buffalo Gal. Audiences members will also be able to enjoy a chance to meet the stars at a wine and hors d' oeuvres reception following the performance.

Tickets ($75) can be reserved by calling (323) 969-1750. The Motion Picture and Television Fund is located at 23388 Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills, California.