Cayman Drama Society is staging “Love Letters” at Prospect Playhouse in a four-night run over the weekends of Feb. 5 and Feb. 12.
Fittingly scheduled to attract pre-Valentine’s Day audiences, the clever two-hander, starring the CDS’s stalwart husband and wife team of Peter and Mary Anne Kosa, tells of the enduring relationship of former childhood friends through an exchange of letters and cards over the decades.
Childhood sweethearts themselves, the Kosas play opposite each other for the first time in “Love Letters.”
Funny, poignant, full of the personal and the mundane, the play charts the fabric of the drama’s protagonists over a period of 50 years.
Andrew Makepeace III and Melissa Gardner both come from moneyed backgrounds. Dutiful Andrew is a “liberal Republican with a strong commitment to women’s rights” and Melissa is an adventurous free spirit who prefers Democrats for their prowess.
The play’s title alludes to the correspondence between the pair of their hopes and dreams, victories and defeats and relationships – real and imagined. Thankfully, neither resorts to actual “love letters” – no gushing sentiment here.
The CDS production
Directed by Peter Kosa and co-directed by Sue Howe, the 90-minute production, with a 15-minute intermission, was chosen by his wife.
“[She] loved the idea of being in a love story that wasn’t schmaltzy, and we both wanted to do something together that was small and intimate,” the director explained.
Asked what had been the most challenging aspect of putting on the play so far, Peter Kosa said, “Being husband and wife, because we both have a vision for the play and the characters and they do not always coincide. The characters have elements that are common with our life experiences, which helps, but you have to separate yourself from them to bring them to life.”
As the play contains some coarse language, parental discretion is advised.
Doors open from 6:30 p.m.; curtain call is at 7:30 p.m. A Players’ bar Champagne and two-drink “lovers” special are available on request.
Tickets are $20 from the CDS website at cds.ky. For more information, call the CDS box office at 938-1998.