In what is becoming an annual tradition in downtown Cynthiana, A.R. Gurney’s touching drama, Love Letters, will once again be performed at the Rohs Opera House.
On Feb. 8, local couple Jody and Carolyn Hendricks will take the roles of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Ladd in this Pulitzer Prize nominated play.
Love Letters centers on just two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.
Using a letter reading format, the characters sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards – in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats – that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.
“This will be the first time we have had an actual married couple play these two lovers reading their letters to one another,” Roger Slade, co-owner of the Rohs Opera House said. “This is our third year doing this play and it seems to get better each year.” he added.
Last year, William Caywood and Phyllis Wyles, two retired Harrison County teachers, performed for a packed house. While some actors shied away from following Caywood and Wyles, the Hendrickses jumped at the opportunity.
Well known in acting circles for his performance in harriCYN Community Theatre’s Our Town, Jody Hendricks is a seasoned stage performer perfect for the straight-laced Andrew Ladd III. Carolyn is a long-time member of the Cynthiana Arts Council and will add a real chemistry to the portrayal of Melissa.
“Having a real-life love for one another will certainly bring these characters to life,” said Missy Lutz, the show’s producer.
“We schedule this in February every year to give people in the community a Valentine’s date opportunity,” Slade said.
Tickets to this year’s performance are limited to just 60 people because it is held in Aeollian Hall above the Rohs Opera House.
“Aeollian Hall is the perfect venue,” Lutz says. “It’s small and intimate. We set up small tables with candlelight at each table and then serve coffee and dessert. It’s the perfect romantic date night.”
Tickets are on sale now at Biancke’s Restuarant for $12 each. That includes the performance of Love Letters and dessert/coffee.
The last two years have been sellouts so don’t wait to get your tickets. Biancke’s is also providing a “Love Letters” dinner special prior to the show.
“We’ve done all your Valentine’s planning for you,” Lutz added. “All the man has to do is stop by and buy the tickets.”