Ali McGraw, Ryan O'Neal bringing "Love Letters" to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center


GREAT BARRINGTON — Forty-eight years after pairing up as the ill-fated couple in the 1970 film, "Love Story," Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal are teaming up again, this time in a love story of an entirely different sort — A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters." They'll be performing Gurney's epistolary play at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. July 22 in a one-night only event. Tickets range from $155 to $55.

The play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, traces a friendship between Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace III, beginning in elementary school and continuing through later life, entirely through their correspondence. Their letters are read by the two actors sitting next to each other at a table, facing the audience.

The Mahaiwe date is part of an international tour.

"Kevin McEleney, an agent at Buchwald [a talent representation firm], was instrumental in putting the show together for its international tour. He worked with me to bring it to the Mahaiwe for this one-night special engagement this season," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly explained in an email.

"Love Letters" is part of a package of additions to the Mahaiwe schedule that includes comedian Lewis Black, who brings his Jokes on Us Tour to the Mahaiwe, 7 p.m. Sept. 23; and jazz musicians John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey recording their syndicated American-songbook radio program, "Radio Deluxe," live at 8 p.m. Dec. 22.

"I am delighted by the new, and very different, highlights we are adding to our 2018 season — from the poignant dedication between Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal's characters in `Love Letters' to the comic rants of Lewis Black," Jolly says in a news release.

"We are happy to celebrate the holiday season with John Pizzarelli for the sixth straight year and this year it's with the chance to see John and Jessica record 'Radio Deluxe Live' from the Mahaiwe stage."


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