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Love Letters at Museum

Love Letters at Museum

Hagersown, MD - The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present Ms. Kay Yaukey and the Reverend H. Clayton Moyer in a reading of "Love Letters," a Pulitzer Prize nominated play by A. R. Gurney on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 2:30pm. A reception, hosted by the Museum's volunteer organization, The Singer Society, will follow the performance.
The play "Love Letters" centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner, an unstable artist, and Andrew Makepiece Ladd III, a staid, dutiful lawyer.
The story relates their bittersweet relationship gradually unfolding from what is written - and what is left unsaid - in fifty years of letters, from summer camps and boarding schools through college, war, career and relationships. The play premiered at New Haven, Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre in 1988 and has been performed all around the world.
Yaukey and Moyer will sit side by side and read the correspondence in which the characters discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. It is only at the sad ending that they realize they were really love letters all along.
Yaukey has worked professionally as a soprano soloist and in Equity Theatre for more than twenty years. Her local resume includes numerous roles at Totem Pole Playhouse, Allenberry Playhouse and with the Trinity Players.
Moyer participated in the Green Room Theatre at Franklin and Marshall College and turned his attention to directing and playwriting as an avocation. Forty years ago he founded the Trinity Players in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, a group well known in the region for their plays and musicals.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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