BLT Announces Show for Valentine's Day Weekend

Jan 15, 2015

Bradford Little Theatre is teaming up with Kabob’s at the Option House to bring two dinner theatre performances of “Love Letters” to Bradford for Valentine’s Day weekend!

There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday in the BLT office.

Three BLT veterans will bring A.R. Gurney’s romantic play to life, with Rick Frederick reprising the role of the staid and composed Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Nanci K. Garris will portray daring and flighty artist Melissa Gardner. Diane Kerner Arnett will direct as the two characters share notes, letters, and cards they exchanged over the course of their lives.

Performances at the Peacock Parlor of Kabob’s, 41 Main St., will be Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.with a buffet-style dinner being served at 6 p.m. After the show, guests will enjoy dessert and coffee. A $30 ticket includes the play and dinner with dessert and beverages. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the event for an additional cost.

The Sunday show at the 79 Main St. office will not include food or drink; tickets will be $5 each.

A Pulitzer Prize nominee for Drama in 1990, “Love Letters” has just finished a limited Broadway revival run on December 14. The cast rotated with actors Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Carol Burnett, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg, and, finally Candice Bergen and Alan Alda.

“I was thrilled to be able to perform the role of Andy in Love Letters about 20 years ago. In reading the script now, it seems to me to be just as fresh today as it was then. That would obviously be borne out by the recent revival on Broadway. Even in the age of ubiquitous emails and texts, those old letters have a powerful effect,” Frederick says of returning to the part of Andrew, which he played opposite Patti Bianco 25 years ago at various venues throughout the region. A playwright and well-known local performer, Frederick also received BLT’s Lester Brauser Community Theatre Appreciation Award.

BLT president Garris said that “presenting ‘Love Letters’ has been on my wish list for several seasons now. Playing opposite Rick and being directed by Diane, I feel like part of a theatre dream team!”

“Moreover, local residents won’t have to travel to Broadway for the revival. BLT is thrilled to present the show along with Kabob’s in what we hope is just the beginning of great downtown partnerships.”

“The saying ‘You never forget your first love’ has rightfully been used to promote this play,” said seasoned director Arnett. “Even in this social media age when the handwritten letter is a rarity, ‘Love Letters’ offers a relationship which rings true. And, I am confident that Frederick and Garris will more than do justice to Gurney’s intent.”

For more information, or if you have questions, please visit Bradford Little Theatre on Facebook, or the BLT website. Tickets can be purchased by calling 814-598-1101 or by visiting one of the following ticket outlets: Graham’s Florist, Ott & McHenry Pharmacy, Turn & Burn Cafe, Kabob’s at the Option House.

Now celebrating its 18th season, BLT is a non-profit organization that promotes, encourages, and produces community-based theatre in the Bradford area. By making theatre available and accessible to the public, BLT provides opportunities for community participation, appreciation and education, thus enriching the community and increasing interest in the arts. An award-winning theatre company, BLT is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres.