The Little Theatre of Alexandria has decided to move forward, coming up with what it calls “Small Theatre for Unusual Times.” This consists of a series of three one-act plays, starting with “Love Letters,” running for eight performances between Sept. 11 and Sept. 27.
According to wtop.com, “Tickets are free but must be reserved ahead of time. The auditorium of the long-standing community theater on Wolfe Street seats 215, but for the upcoming three small shows, only 46 seats will be available. The theater has installed special air handling filters to make sure the air that everyone breathes is safe. People hungry for theater are already responding, Wyland said. Before opening night, only seven tickets were left for the run of the first play, he said, adding that it was encouraging.”
As per wtop.com, “Love Letters,” by A.R. Gurney, has a cast of two. Taking on the roles in this production — directed by Joanna Henry — are Nicky and Steve McDonnell. The actors are a married couple in real life, so it wouldn’t be a problem for them to share a stage. Although the McDonnells could interact with each other in ways that other actors couldn’t, this script calls for them to be apart from each other on stage — while writing and reading their characters’ letters to each other. They will also be distanced from the audience. Upcoming plays in the series are “Mixed Doubles” and “Belle of Amherst.”