Westport Country Playhouse Spring Gala
Thursday, April 12, 7pm
An evening to honor the memory of A.R. (“Pete”) Gurney
“Love Letters shows Pete Gurney - the single most produced playwright at WCP - at the top of his form. To do it justice, and to honor his memory, we are thrilled to present the play with two glowing stars at the very top of their game.” — Mark Lamos
Join us for this unique and imaginative theater piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between Andy and Melissa, two friends who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. Their letters tell how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years — physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be. As the actors read the letters aloud, they create an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
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Since 1980, Alec Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination (A Streetcar Named Desire, 1992) an Oscar nomination (The Cooler, 2004) and has won three Emmy awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC's “30 Rock.” His films include The Hunt For Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross, Malice, The Edge, It's Complicated, Blue Jasmine, Still Alice, and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Boss Baby among many others. Baldwin is a 1994 BFA graduate of NYU’s Tisch School and received an honorary doctorate from NYU in 2010. He is Co-Chairman of the Board of the Hamptons International Film Festival. He has authored three books: A Promise To Ourselves, his memoir, Nevertheless, and with Kurt Andersen, You Can’t Spell America Without Me. Baldwin is the radio announcer for the New York Philharmonic. He serves on numerous boards related to the arts, the environment and progressive politics. Baldwin is married to author and fitness expert Hilaria Thomas Baldwin. They have three children: Carmen Gabriela Baldwin, Rafael Thomas Baldwin and Leonardo Angel Charles Baldwin. His eldest child is his daughter, Ireland Baldwin. Baldwin hosts the classic television game show “Match Game” for ABC-TV. A portion of his proceeds are donated to charity.
Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. She is currently appearing as Jackie in the second season of Netflix’s hit 13 Reasons Why and recently completed shooting the upcoming series of The Accidental Wolf. Last year, she joined Showtime’s Master of Sex as Michael Sheen’s long-lost love, Dodie, and can be seen in CBS All Access’ The Good Fight. Other Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), and My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Concerts span from Carnegie Hall to Capitol Hill. Ms. O’Hara starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow with Renee Fleming. Other film and television credits include Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Blue Bloods, Alexander Hamilton, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records. Upcoming, Kelli will star in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Così fan tutte as Despina, and will reprise her Tony Award wining role as Anna Leonowens in the highly anticipated West End transfer of The King and I, Summer 2018.
Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. Estimated value of goods and services is $50 per ticket. Proceeds will benefit Westport Country Playhouse, the non-profit, professional, producing theater, now in its 88th season - its work on stage, with schools, and throughout the community.