The Whole Backstage (WBS) Theatre is presenting the play, “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney, which will run for six performances on the Duff/McDaniel Black Box stage.

Rich Resler, the show’s director, said the WBS is excited to be bring the show back. This two-person play, where both actors read letters back and forth to one another, shows the ups and downs of the couple’s relationships, he said.

He said this is the story of a 50-year correspondence between Melissa Gardner and her childhood-friend-turned-love-interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. He said with its simple staging, Gurney’s play has become a favorite in community theaters.

“Love Letters” is full of drama and humor, and it sets an emotional scene of the connection that love brings to a relationship, whether as friends or more, Resler said.

“’Love Letters’ is a contemporary classic,” Resler said. “It’s serious, funny, touching, provocative and it’s really interesting to see how this relationship develops over several decades. The two characters are different in many ways, and yet, they always seem to be drawn back to each other. There’s a bond there that’s really interesting.”

In a synopsis of the play it states:

“The two characters, Melissa Gardner, who is rich and rebellious and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, who is a square and a traditionalist, exchange notes, cards and letters from second grade, through summer vacations, to college and into adulthood. They spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?”

See how this touching romance through old-fashioned pen and paper will bloom at the WBS’s Black Box during these performance dates:

Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Three couples will each perform two shows. The cast includes Resler and Mindy Egan, Jonathan Watts and Charlotte Watts, and Stan Witherow and Andrea Witherow.

Tickets are $10 for each show and may be purchased online at, by calling the WBS Office at 256-572-9558 or at the WBS office at 1120 Rayburn Avenue in Guntersville, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Love Letters” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York. Rated PG-13 for adult language and situations.

For more information, contact the WBS Theatre’s office at 256-582-7469 or visit and visit

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