The musical ‘Love Letters’ starring Vincent Dawling and Mary Linda Rapelye will be performing in Academy of Music. The Academy of music is located in Northampton, Massachusetts. This one time performance is Sunday October 30, 2011 at 2:30pm. Admission prices are adults $20, Seniors & students are $15 and VIP seating is $25. For more information you can call 413-584-9032 ext 105. Below is a brief synopsis of the musical and about the staring characters.
‘In February 1989, A. R. Gurney’s play LOVE LETTER Shad been presented in New York for limited performances with a different actress and actor alternating in the roles of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both Waspish, high society and wealthy Americans. Those who, nowadays, are blind to the needs of the world around them. We see Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner over a period of 50 years, as the author carries them from second grade through the trauma of adulthood, marriage, divorce and middle age. For a fleeting one and a half hours, he takes us with humor, understanding, and love of all stages of youth and age at love in letter writing – reading and sometimes not receiving!
Vincent Dowling is a Lifetime Associate Director of The Abbey Theatre, The National Theatre of Ireland and former Artistic Director, later Producing Director in North America. He led the company on its first visits to the Soviet Union, Hong Kong, Brighton, Florence International Festivals, and, in 1990 the Abbey Theatre’s first national tour of America in fifty- five years. Earlier, he served The Abbey Theatre from 1953 to 1976 as an actor, director, Deputy Artistic Director, and Director of the Experimental Theatre. From 1976 through 1984, he was Artistic and Producing Director of The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Ohio where he directed, produced, acted in Shakespeare, and other classical works. In 1977, he discovered Tom Hanks, brought him to GLSF, and gave him his Equity card. Tom returned for two more seasons, and credits Dowling with “teaching him everything he needed to know about the theatre”. Vincent has, also, directed at a number of America’s leading professional resident theatres, Off Broadway, and in London’s West End. Vincent has performed on three State occasions at The White House, as well as, in New York, Dublin, and on National tours in which he has performed THE GIN GAME with Kim Hunter, and his own One- Man Shows . Dowling presented the first ever 8 ½ hour production by an American company of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby in Chicago and Cleveland. He won an Emmy for his PBS TV production and direction of THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD By John Millington Synge Recently, Dr. Dowling directed a very successful production of THE RIVALRY by Norman Corwin for a three month Off Broadway run. He is the Founder and President of The Miniature Theatre of Chester, an Equity company in the Berkshires and for a decade he served on The International Artistic Directorate of London’s Shakespeare Globe Theatre.
MARY LINDA RAPELYE film, stage and television star, has most recently played Adele Douglas to superb reviews in New York and on tour in The Rivalry and worked in the feature films The Box starring Cameron Diaz, The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock, and This Side Of The Truth starring Jennifer Garner . She appeared in the original version of STAR TREK as Chekhov’s girlfriend “Irina” in the episode “The Way to Eden”. She has also performed the role of Maggie Crawford for six years on As The World Turns, Faith Kipling on One Life To Live, as well as roles on Ironsides, and Medical Center and as Senator Baker’s wife in the made- for -T.V.-movie Blind Ambition about John Dean and Richard Nixon. Her other movie credits include In Cold Blood (Susan Kidwell) directed by Richard Brooks and Marooned (Gregory Peck’s daughter) directed by John Sturges, Manchurian Candidate with Meryl Streep.’ http://vincentdowling.org/