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Love Letters, as read by Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, July 26

On Saturday July 26, 2008, Dow Automotive and The Purple Rose Theatre in collaboration with The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), The Detroit Film Theatre (DFT), and The Flea Theater in New York, will present a single benefit performance of Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels in A. R. Gurney’s critically acclaimed play, Love Letters

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner (Weaver) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Daniels) as they read the hilarious and poignant letters that have passed between them throughout their lives.

Under Broadway director, Jim Simpson, Love Letters paints a vivid portrait of two charter members of the privileged set, as their relationship unfolds from what is written — and what is left unsaid — in their letters. 

According to promoters, the groundbreaking collaboration of The Purple Rose Theatre, The Detroit Film Theatre, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and The Flea Theater in New York is a first.  This partnership is innovative, the production of Love Letters itself is truly unique, and the evening will be a benchmark for theatre in Michigan.

Love Letters is not a road company production.  Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels have been brought together for this one genuinely unrivaled performance. 

For more information visit the Purple Rose website at www.purplerosetheatre.org.

About the Artists

A. R. Gurney
is one of America’s premier playwrights.  His work includes Scenes From American Life, The Dinning Room, The Middle Ages, The Cocktail Hour, Later Life, Sylvia, Far East, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill, and Mrs. Farnsworth.  He has written novels, television and movie scripts, and the libretto for Strawberry Fields, a one-act opera by Michael Torke, which was performed by the New York City Opera.

Sigourney Weaver has appeared in over 43 films including: the Aliens trilogy, Eyewitness, The Year of Living Dangerously, Ghostbusters, Half Moon Street, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, Dave, Death and the Maiden, Copycat, The Ice Storm, Imaginary Heroes, The Village, Infamous, and Vantage Point.

Ms. Weaver’s stage appearances include: A. R. Gurney’s Crazy Mary, and Mrs. Farnsworth, David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, W. Somerset Maugham’s The Constant Wife, Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat, Christopher Durang’s The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, Sex and Longing, Titanic, and Das Lusitania Songspiel, which she co-wrote with Durang.  Ms. Weaver was born and educated in New York City and is an enthusiastic supporter of The Flea Theater in downtown Manhattan.

Jeff Daniels has appeared in over 53 films including: Terms of Endearment, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Heartburn, Something Wild, The House on Carroll Street, Arachnophobia, The Butcher's Wife, Rain Without Thunder, Gettysburg, Speed, Dumb and Dumber, Fly Away Home, 101 Dalmatians, Pleasantville, Blood Work, The Hours, Gods and Generals, Imaginary Heroes, The Squid and the Whale, Because of Winn-Dixie, Good Night and Good Luck, Infamous, and The Lookout.

Mr. Daniels has starred in a number of New York productions.  On Broadway, he starred in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain, A. R. Gurney's The Golden Age and Wilson's Fifth of July, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor. 

Off-Broadway, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Wilson's Lemon Sky, and an Obie Award for his performance in the Circle Repertory Company production of Johnny Got His Gun.  Just last year, Daniels won rave reviews in David Harrower’s Blackbird.  Mr. Daniels founded and is currently Executive Director of The Purple Rose Theatre Company for which he has written 12 plays.





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