ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond Community Theatre will present three plays during its 2014-15 season, Director Shelly Walker said Tuesday.
The season will begin with “Love Letters” by A.R. Guerney Jr. Walker described the play as “a unique and imaginative theatre piece comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences.”
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Through their letters it is 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.
Auditions will be held from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8-9. Performances will take place Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. Walker is seeking two actors, one man and one woman ages 25 to 70. No experience is necessary to audition.
Next from the writers of “Dixie Swim Club,” the theatre will present “Always A Bridesmaid” by Jones, Hope, Wooten to be presented Jan. 22-31.
In this hilarious comedic romp, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings — no matter what. More than 30 years later, these Southern friends-for-life are still making “the long walk” for each other, determined to honor that vow.
“If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a bride’s bouquet, seriously questioned the mental stability of the duo saying ‘I do’ or been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny comedy is definitely for you and your dearly beloved,” Walker said in a news release.
The season will close with “The Lady with All the Answers” by David Rambo performed April 16-25. For decades, renowned advice columnist Ann Landers answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, including nude housekeeping, sex in a motorcycle helmet, the proper way to hang toilet paper, sibling rivalries, addiction, religion and wandering spouses.
Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful and often humorously honest responses. Late on a 1975 night in Landers’ Chicago apartment, an ironic twist of events confronts her with a looming deadline for a column dealing with a new kind of heartbreak: her own.
“As she shares her struggles to complete the column with us, we learn as much about ourselves as we do about the wise, funny, no-nonsense woman whose daily dialogue with America helped shape the social landscape of the last half-century,” Walker said.
Single-show tickets will be $12.. Season tickets are still $25, and both prices include the new amusement tax.
For arts philanthropists, there are three tiers of giving that will help the theatre with its operating budget. Community members who would like to become season ticket holders or financial sponsors of the theatre can email Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.