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A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”

February 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey invites you to enjoy a little romance at the 1867 Sanctuary, with A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1988,  A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters tells the provocative and tender story of Melissa and Andrew who meet in the second grade and spend the next fifty years circling one another. Told entirely through their letters, this two-character play encompasses friendship, sexual awakening, the navigation of adulthood, the search for personal and professional identities, the loss of parents, marriage, divorce and the rueful onset of middle age. Since its opening, Love Letters has become a global sensation told and retold by some of the world’s great actors.

This production features Deb and Bill Braak, and is produced by Patrick Chmel. Duration is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes including a 10 minute intermission.

Deb Braak

Deb deCastro Braak is a veteran actor, teacher, and director in and around the Philadelphia region. As an actor, she has previously appeared as Melissa, with Bill as Andy, in the Steel River Playhouse 2016 production of Love Letters; other favorite roles include Violet Weston in August: Osage County, Joanne in Company, Nat in Rabbit Hole, and the ensemble in The Laramie Project. Deb has directed many area productions and is an instructor in theatre at Penn State/Brandywine. Happily working together since their college days, Deb and Bill are excited to work again with Pat Chmel, as this production marks the 44th year since their first collaboration with him: Kate and Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew.

Bill Braak has worked in the Philadelphia area for 35 years as an actor, director, and designer. He has many favorite roles, including Rothko in Red, Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, Hannay in The 39 Steps, and Iago, Mercutio, and Macbeth. He and Deb have worked together in the theater many times over their lifetime together, acting together and directing each other. They have always been wonderful and challenging experiences. They’ve done Love Letters together before and he’s pleased to get the chance to do it again.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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February 15, 2020
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map