"L.A. Law" Stars to Perform Love Letters Jan. 12-15

News   "L.A. Law" Stars to Perform Love Letters Jan. 12-15
A married couple in real life and then a married couple on TV's "L.A. Law," Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry will play one of the theatre's best-known un-married twosomes — Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner — next month at the Napa Valley Opera House.
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Tucker and Eikenberry will star in and direct A.R. Gurney's acclaimed Love Letters Jan. 12-15, 2006, at the West Coast venue. Show times are Jan. 12-14 at 8 PM and Jan. 15 at 2 PM.

Love Letters, according to production notes, "chronicles a relationship solely through written correspondence. The story is about Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Tucker) and Melissa Gardner (Eikenberry) 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.

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.

In addition to appearing on "L.A. Law" (as Stuart Markowitz) with wife Eikenberry from 1986-94, Michael Tucker played Broadway in The Goodbye People (1979, and the 1984 film), Trelawny of the "Wells" (1975) and Moonchildren (1972). He also starred in the 2002 TV movie, "L.A. Law: The Movie," and Hollywood's "Tin Men," "Radio Days," "D2: The Mighty Ducks" and "Til There Was You." Tucker, who is the recipient of three Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations, was also a regular on HBO's "Tracey Takes On..." And, Tucker will be seen in March 2006 in Manhattan Theatre Club's world-premiere production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story.

Eikenberry has been seen on Broadway in Onward Victoria, Watch on the Rhine, Summer Brave, All Over Town and Moonchildren. The recipient of four Emmy nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a Golden Globe Award, her screen credits include "Between the Lines," "Rich Kids," "Butch and Sundance: The Early Days," "Hide in Plain Sight," "Arthur," "The Manhattan Project," "Swansong," "Orphan Train," "Kane and Abel," "Family Sins," "A Stoning in Fulham County," "My Boyfriend's Back," "Cast the First Stone," "An Inconvenient Woman," "Ties that Bind," "My Very Best Friend," "Chantilly Lace," "Parallel Lives," "Strong Enough" and "Judging Amy." Eikenberry was most recently seen on the New York Stage in Manhattan Theater Club's production of A Picasso. Tickets, priced $35-$40, are available by calling (707) 226-7372. The Napa Valley Opera House is located at 1030 Main Street. For more information visit www.nvoh.org.

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