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‘Love Letters’ to be presented in Ticonderoga

Production March 9 and 10

Shaun Pekar, George DeMers and Vincent Smith make preparations for Ticonderoga’s MArts Madness, two weeks of cultural events and activities planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area March 2-17. Smith will perform in  “Love Letters” Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at  The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga.

Shaun Pekar, George DeMers and Vincent Smith make preparations for Ticonderoga’s MArts Madness, two weeks of cultural events and activities planned by the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area March 2-17. Smith will perform in “Love Letters” Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. at The Downtown Gallery in Ticonderoga. Photo by Brooke Armstrong

— Love will be on display in Ticonderoga as part of the community’s inaugural MArts Madness.

“Love Letters,” a play by A.R. Gurney, will be presented by the Ticonderoga Festival Guild Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Downtown Gallery.

“Love Letters” will star Vincent Smith and Kathleen E. Recchia.

The play received a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nomination. It centers on just two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. In the play they sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards they exchanged during nearly 50 years. They discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats.

First performed in 1988, it reached Broadway the following year.

Smith, a Hague resident, is chairman of the Cultural Arts Initiative of the Ticonderoga Area. Formerly an interim director at Silver Bay, he has been involved in the theater for many years, starring in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles. He has also produced, directed and designed sets for professional and regional theater companies. He co-founded the Keen Company, an off-Broadway company that garnered an Obie with its second production.

Recchia, a resident of Jay, and has been a theater artist since 2002. She is also a producer, director and stage manager, as well as a grant writer and fund raiser. She is the owner/operator of Book and Blanket B&B in Jay, and works as a freelance copywriter/proofreader/copy editor. She has appeared in theatrical productions throughout the Adirondacks.

Both productions of “Love Letters” are free and open to the public. Donations will be welcomed.

Audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For further information, call the guild at 585-7015.

The events are the third and fourth this year for the guild, which will present Towne Meeting in concert at the Best Western on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. It is also a free program, with attendees encouraged to bring their guild dues on that date.

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