The benefit evening celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Bergen County Players. Robert Jess Roth directs the 7:30 PM performance, which will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception.
Love Letters, according to production notes, "chronicles a relationship solely through written correspondence. The story is about Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Bosco) and Melissa Gardner (Fowler) 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.
In addition to his Tony Award for Lend Me a Tenor, Philip Bosco also received nominations for his work in Twelve Angry Men, The Rape of the Belt, Heartbreak House, You Never Can Tell and Moon Over Buffalo. His other Broadway credits include Heartbreak House, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Copenhagen, Twelfth Night, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The Heiress and An Inspector Calls. Bosco is the recipient of a New York Critics' Circle Award and an Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.
Beth Fowler portrayed Peter Allen's mother in The Boy From Oz, earning a Tony nomination for her work. She also received a Tony nomination for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the revival of Sweeney Todd. Among Fowler's other Broadway credits are Inherit the Wind, Beauty and the Beast, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music, Baby and Teddy and Alice.
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. The Bergen County Players is located at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ. Tickets, priced $75, are available by visiting www.bcplayers.org.