Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both born
to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong
correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes
and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they
continue to exchange letters through their boarding school and
college years -- where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law
school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good
schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries someone
else, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she
continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a
successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually,
is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in
tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than
she should, and becomes estranged from her children.
Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair,
but it is really too late for both of them. However, Andy's
last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's untimely
death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant,
and gave to, each other over the years -- physically apart,
perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
|Bob & June Stacy in....
Love Letters by A. R. Gurney
The BLT Barn Theater, Brevard College, August, 2002
Directed by Joe Carvajal