Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels Send Love Letters July 26

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26 Jul 2008

Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels
Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels
Dow Automotive and The Purple Rose Theatre Company, in collaboration with The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Detroit Film Theatre and The Flea Theater in New York, present a benefit performance of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters July 26.

The one-night-only event at The Detroit Film Theatre boasts stage and screen stars Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels. Jim Simpson directs.

A cocktail reception and intimate dinner with Weaver and Daniels will follow at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Love Letters, according to press notes, "centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner (Weaver) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Daniels), as they read the hilarious and poignant letters that have passed between them throughout their lives. . . . [The play] paints a vivid portrait of two charter members of the privileged set, as their relationship unfolds from what is written — and what is left unsaid — in their letters."

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.



A.R. Gurney's plays also 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.

Sigourney Weaver appeared in Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth and was recently seen in the Off-Broadway world premiere of 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 onstage in Hurlyburly, The Mercy Seat and The Guys — she also stars in the film version of the latter, which was directed by husband Jim Simpson.

Jeff Daniels was recently seen Off-Broadway in David Harrower's Blackbird at 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. Daniels 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. Love Letters sponsors of $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000 will enjoy premium seating, a cocktail reception and private dinner with the stars. A $250 VIP ticket, which includes the play and cocktail reception with the stars, is also available.

For sponsorship and VIP ticket information, contact The Purple Rose Theatre Company at (734) 433-PRTC (7782) or email Lynn Wilde, development assistant at wilde@purplerosetheatre.org.

A limited number of at $100, $75, $50 and $25 reserved tickets for the performance only are available by contacting the PRTC box office at (734) 433-ROSE (7673).

For more information visit www.purplerosetheatre.org.