February 2016: This post is to archive information about the production. North Bay Stage Company produced “Love Letters” at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts (now known as Luther Burbank Center for the Arts) – Feb. 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA — Directed by John DeGaetano
In staged production, “Love Letters” conquers all… as North Bay Stage Company welcomed Special Guests to perform the popular play Feb 12th through the 21st, 2016. A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters featured a rotating ensemble of players who will star in the two-person romance. “The play that has long been a favorite of guest actors and community notables, with North Bay Stage Company mounting the show at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts opening Feb. 12th through Feb 21st,” says Broadwayworld nominee, artistic director and director of the show John DeGaetano (Bay Area productions of “Les Misérables” and “Evita“), produced by North Bay Stage Company. “We were extremely excited to welcome our very special guests each night to perform Love Letters.”
The play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1990, remains one of theater’s most enduring romances of the past 25 years centers on the lifelong friendship between the unhappy Melissa (who becomes an artist) and the uptight Andrew (who enters politics) as told through a series of letters, notes and cards exchanged over 50 years. The production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, will feature a rotating company of guest stars. “Love Letters” ran Off Broadway in 1989, then on Broadway, and just recently again where the rotating casts of actors played the two roles, and drew celebrity names in part because their schedules meshed nicely with the production’s minimal demands.
Schedule of Featured Actors were: • February 12 and 13, 2016 at 8:00pm: Chris Smith, popular Press Democrat columnist and featured writer, and Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, YWCA Sonoma County CEO, previous roles in musicals and runner up for Miss Sonoma County and Miss Marin County.
• February 14 at 2:00pm: Will Durst, renowned political satirist, comedian, actor; political humor columnist, and co-host for a radio talk show with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, and Debi Durst, loving wife, Bay Area comedian, actress known for her work in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Monkeybone, and The Day I Grew Up.
• February 19 at 8:00pm: Kelly Kesey and Rod Grainger, North Bay actors and stars of the recent production of The Angel of Chatham Square. Rod is the CEO of Long Valley Health Center, and Kelly a professional healthcare recruiter. • February 20 at 8:00pm: Mike Harris, three-term Petaluma City Councilman, Chamber Board Member and Vice Mayor, and Cynthia Ermshar, Soprano opera singer, Community Relations Manager and senior advocate for memory care professional. • February 21 at 2pm, special performance featuring: Don Gibble, Performer in the 1985 production of The Breakfast Club on Broadway, and Community Voice writer. Kristine Redko, Rancho Cotate Rotary Club member and actress as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof at Georgetown University and Fanny in Painting Churches. Joan Gatley, actress has performed in over 50 plays including Medea, West Side Story and recently retired as an interior decorator.
About John DeGaetano
Director, Artistic Director and Consultant, John DeGaetano has been involved in musical theatre most of his life; director credits include productions; Evita, Cats, Pirates of Penzance, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chicago and West Side Story. He has assisted with numerous productions, Radio and Television work as well as producing shows such as Miss Saigon, and directing one of his own short plays in New York City and a short series in London. John has written several full-length plays and a short selection series of Sherlock Holmes 10 Minute Plays – designed primarily for students to build experience in performance skills. Stories are easy to recite, true to form in elements of mystery/comedy, light-hearted adventures, and available on Website or View on Amazon.com or Watch Video Trailer (below). Contact Us . More information about John - View Here