Sisters Schools to Benefit from “Love Letters” at the Tower

Sisters Schools to Benefit from “Love Letters” at the Tower

Tickets are on sale now for the special benefit performance of A.R. Gurney’s hit play “Love Letters,” set for Saturday, October 2 at 8 p.m. at the Tower Theatre. The play, a fund-raiser for the Sisters Schools Foundation, stars two well-known actors, Gregory Harrison and Linda Purl, who are donating their time to benefit local schools.

“As school budgets continue to be cut, an event like “Love Letters” gives the community a great way to support our schools while enjoying a wonderful evening of theater with these renowned actors,” said co-producer Jeri Fouts. “We are so fortunate that Gregory Harrison and Linda Purl are traveling here and generously giving their time – we encourage theater lovers to come out to “Love Letters” and join them in supporting Sisters schools.”

Tracing the lifelong correspondence of lawyer Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and artist Melissa Gardner, the story of their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolds from what is written – and what is left unsaid – in their letters. It has been performed on Broadway and in many theater companies across the country and has been done as a fund-raiser for a variety of charities. The producers note that it does contain some adult language and situations, and is not recommended for children.

Gregory Harrison is a veteran of many stage and television roles, who is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Gonzo Gates on the series “Trapper John, MD.” On Broadway, he has performed in such plays as “Follies” “Steel Pier” and “Paper Moon,” and has played the lead role of Billy Flynn in over 1,000 performances of the hit musical “Chicago,” both on Broadway and in the national touring company. Linda Purl’s credits include lead roles in more than 40 television movies and such series as “Happy Days” and “Matlock.” Her extensive theater credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and the Los Angeles productions of “The Real Thing” and “Hedda Gabler.” Most recently, she has been seen in guest roles on “The Office” and “Desperate Housewives.”

The evening will feature a silent auction with a selection of collectible items including a quilt donated by Jean Wells of The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters; a plein air painting by renowned pastel artist Norma Holmes; an original watercolor by acclaimed artist Kathy Deggendorfer; a golf foursome with Pro Football Hall of Famer and CBS NFL analyst Dan Fouts; and a guitar signed by legendary rockers Crosby, Stills and Nash.

“Love Letters” is presented by Ray’s Food Place and The Oxford Hotel, with special thanks to The Tower Theatre, X-Press Printing, Murray and Holt Motors and Bank of the Cascades.

Tickets for this benefit performance are priced at $75, $50 and $35 and are available online at towertheatre.org or at the Tower Theatre box office. For information, contact co-producer Novella Swisher at swishern@bendbroadband.com or the Tower Theatre at 541-317-0700.

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