The acclaimed work will play Monday evenings for an open-ended run at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in New York's West Village. Joan Rivers and Lonny Price — the star and director of 1994's Sally Marr. . . and her escorts — will kick-off the series Aug. 4. They will be followed by pairings of Charles Busch and Jim Dale (Aug. 11), Alison Fraser and Stephen Bogardus (Aug. 18), Daisy Eagan and Matt Bogart (Aug. 25), Phil Geoffrey Bond and Kristy Cates (Sept. 1), Seth Rudetsky and Leslie Kritzer (Sept. 8), Tonya Pinkins and Jerry Dixon (Sept. 15) and Andrew Lippa (Sept. 22). Love Letters traces the lifelong correspondence between two friends: lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and artist Melissa Gardner. The piece 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 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.
Tickets for Love Letters are priced at $18 plus a two-drink minimum; call (212) 255-5438 for reservations. The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located at 61 Christopher Street.