Tippi Hedren and Ken Howard Will Send Love Letters in September

News   Tippi Hedren and Ken Howard Will Send Love Letters in September Veteran actors Tippi Hedren and Ken Howard will take part in a reading of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters Sept. 15 in San Pedro, CA.
Ken Howard and Tippi Hedren
Ken Howard and Tippi Hedren Photo by Bill Dow

The evening, which will benefit the ROAR Foundation and the Shambala Preserve, will be presented at the Warner Grand Theatre. Tony Torrisi will direct the 7:30 PM performance.

Love Letters, according to production notes, "chronicles a relationship solely through written correspondence. The story is about Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Howard) and Melissa Gardner (Hedren) whose poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence and then into maturity and middle age." The work premiered at Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre in 1989 with Joanna Gleason and John Rubenstein and has been performed all around the world. Laura Linney and Steven Weber starred in a television version of the play.

Ken Howard has appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises; 1776; Child's Play; Seesaw; Little Black Sheep; The Norman Conquests; 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; and Rumors. He is perhaps best known for the long-running TV series "The White Shadow."

Tippi Hedren won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in "The Birds." Among her numerous other screen credits are "Tiger by the Tail," "The Man and the Albatross," "The Harrad Experiment," "Roar," "Foxfire Light," "Mullligans!," "Expose," "Break Up," "The Storytellers," "The Darklings" and "Strike the Tent." She is also the founder and president of the ROAR Foundation.

A.R. Gurney's plays include The Dining Room, The Cocktail Party, The Perfect Party, Another Antigone, A Cheever Evening, Sylvia, Ancestral Voices and Buffalo Gal. He is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, a Rockefeller Award and two Lucille Lortel Awards. All proceeds from the reading will benefit the ROAR Foundation, the non-profit support organization for The Shambala Preserve. Visit www.shambala.org for more information.

The Warner Grand Theatre is located at 478 West Sixth Street in San Pedro, CA. Tickets, priced $25 (general admission) and $20 (students, seniors and military with I.D.), are available by calling (310) 833-4813 or by visiting www.warnergrand.org.