Wednesday, November 2, 2011

In the Wings: Love Letters. Meet Sally Coffman.

Sally Coffman plays Melissa Gardner in 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: How would you describe Melissa?
Sally Coffman: Melissa is a free spirit and artistic. She comes from a wealthy family, but also a broken family. She doesn't have the childhood that Andy has. That's one of the draws; she believes he has a good family.

Q: What does Melissa do in the show?
S.C.: She writes love letters to Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, played by John David Collier, when they meet in the second grade. The play is all of the letters they've written to each other throughout their lives.

Q: What do you think an audience will take away from a performance of Love Letters?
S.C.: The takeaway is that we all have people from our childhood who, if we haven't written to them through our whole lives, we remember when they were young and when we were young.

Q: Did you have a pen pal when you grew up?
S.C.: No.

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.

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