> Crossings presents A.R. Gurney's Love Letters with Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter


A.R. Gurney's Love Letters
with Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter

Tuesday, February 12

(Doors open at 6:30)

State Theatre (map)

320 East Ave

Zumbrota, MN 55992


$40/$45 at the door


Crossings is pleased to present A. R. Gurney's Love Letters, starring Michael Gross & Meredith Baxter. A unique and imaginative theatre piece which  is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. At the State Theater on Tues, Feb. 12, at 7:30pm.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Gross) and Melissa Gardner (Baxter), both born to wealth and position, are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the boarding school and college years—where Andy goes on to excel at Yale and law school, while Melissa flunks out of a series of "good schools." While Andy is off at war Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and she continues to keep in touch as he marries, becomes a successful attorney, gets involved in politics and, eventually, is elected to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, her marriage in tatters, Melissa dabbles in art and gigolos, drinks more than she should, and becomes estranged from her children. Eventually she and Andy do become involved in a brief affair, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy's last letter, written to her mother after Melissa's untimely death, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

An actress, writer, artist and mother of five, grandmother of three, Baxter has starred in four series, including the long-running "Family Ties." She's been nominated for four Emmys, and made about sixty movies for television, among them "Betty Broderick: A Woman Scorned." She's been in a smattering of plays: "Butterflies Are Free", "Vanities," "Country Wife," toured with "Talley's Folly," "Diaries of Adam and Eve" and about 30 different productions of "Love Letters" around the country. Baxter's New York Times bestselling book, UNTIED, a Memoir of Fame, Family and Floundering, was published in March 2011.

Aside from "Family Ties," Michael Gross has been a staple on TV with recurring roles on "The Drew Cary Show," "ER," "How I Met Your Mother," "Suits," "Grace and Frankie." He was a series regular on "The Young and the Restless." On the big screen, Michael was survivalist Burt Gummer in the feature film "Tremors," its five sequels, and its Sci-Fi Channel series. He has appeared with Ali McGraw in director Sidney Lumet's "Just Tell Me What You Want," played opposite Lily Tomlin in "Big Business," with actor Lucas Haas in the award-winning "Alan and Naomi," and with Wynona Ryder in "Stay Cool." He recently appeared in the award winning short film, "Our Father." His current projects include a recurring role on Showtime's "The Affair," and a role in “Power of the Air.”

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