DEEP RIVER - In the age of faxes, e-mail and cellular phones, A.R Gurney's play "Love Letters" is a welcome reminder of the intimate and old-fashioned art of letter writing. "Love Letters" will have one performance only on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m., at the Deep River Pioneer Church, located at 500 East Deep River Road, 2.5 miles off State Route 4 in Deep River.

"Love Letters" explores a life-long relationship between Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, carried on primarily through the letters they write to each other. They sustain their loving friendship across 50 years of letters written to each other in Christmas cards, at camp, boarding school, college, travel and career, as well as through several relationships and their own short-lived affair.

The Wahkiakum Community Foundation as part of their Deep River Church Series and in conjunction with Spiral Stage Theatre Group of Portland, Ore., presents the play.

Ladd, played by Jeffrey Siri, is the staid, dutiful lawyer and politician. Gardner, played by Mary McDonald-Lewis, is the free-spirited and unstable artist. By reading their letters to each other, the audience follows the poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance from second grade through adolescence, maturity and into middle age.

"Gurney has captured the intricacies of a life-long relationship in the elegance of this pair's letters, detailing their delightful follies, their sometimes hollow triumphs, and their thoughtful regrets," said Patrick Spike, Artistic Director of Spiral Stage Theatre Group (the producing theatre) and director of "Love Letters."

Gurney is the author of such critically acclaimed plays as "The Dining Room" and "The Cocktail Hour" and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Actress Mary McDonald-Lewis might be known for her work having voiced thousands of commercials, hundreds of cartoon character episodes, and numerous promos for Disney, ABC, UPN and others. She is also "Mary" the voice of OnStar, General Motors' navigation system, heard in millions of cars.

Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased at Trillium Bookstore, The Secret Garden, Bank of the Pacific (in Cathlamet and Naselle) and at the door.

To purchase tickets online visit TicketTurtle at:

( There will be a small handling fee for online ticket purchases.

Call Bernadette Goodroe at 360-795-8031 if you need any additional information.

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