“Love Letters,” named one of the top five plays of the 1980s by the New York Times, will be presented at Marsh River Theater, Monroe Highway/Route 139. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, June 18 through 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, 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 throughout their lives – letters than form the basis of this staged reading play.

A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, the actors sit side-by-side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards in which, over nearly 50 years, their characters discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.

When the show opened in New York City, each night featured a different pair of actors so that each night took a different slant. The Marsh River Theater production of “Love Letters” will do the same with actors Susan Hall and Michael Switzer performing on the first weekend; and Emma Seekins and Ian Hall performing on the second.

Tickets, general admission, are $9, $8 each for a group of eight or more and $7 for senior citizens and students. They can be purchased at the box office the night of the show or presale by calling 722-4110.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.