Monday, October 31, 2011
In the Wings: Love Letters. Meet Alice Schwind.
Alice Schwind directs Love Letters, the second production of the 2011-2012 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by A.R. Gurney.
Question: When is Love Letters set? Who are the characters?
Alice Schwind: It starts in the 1930s and ends in the 1980s. One of the characters is Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by John David Collier. Andy comes from a really nice family, and he is not spoiled. His parents have good expectations for him. Melissa Gardner, played by Sally Coffman, comes from a family worth a lot of money and there aren't too many expectations of her.
Q: What attracted you to directing the script?
A.S.: It is a wonderful story of people's loves and losses, their hopes and expectations that happen throughout life, their achievements and disappointments and joys.
Q: Did you have a pen pal when you grew up?
A.S.: No, I didn't.
Love Letters opens Friday, November 4 and runs two weekends through Sunday, November 13 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre at the corner of 5th Street and North Street in downtown Lafayette. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows begin at 2:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, call Civic Theatre at 765-423-7529 (PLAY) or visit its website.