With the start of the new year Valentine’s Day cannot be far away. Street Theatre Company is certainly ready for the holiday of hearts and flowers as it opens its 2013 season with two special performances of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters Feb. 1-2. One performance will feature two local acting favorites while the other sports two rising music stars.
The play is a unique and imaginative theatre piece that is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together and then went their separate ways but continued to share confidences. Evocative, touching, frequently funny, as the actors read the letters aloud they chronicle over nearly 50 years of hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.
The Feb. 1 show features beloved local actors Layne Sasser and Ken Jackson. The two actors have over 60 years of combined stage experience. Jackson notably played the title role in Tuesdays with Morrie for STC, and recently played Thomas Edison in Camping with Henry and Tom, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor award. He is also a professional artist. Sasser has won 16 acting awards, including the First Night Honors in 2011 and a First Night Acting award in 1994. She appeared in Toby Keith’s “Trailerhood” as well as numerous commercials, print ads, and films, including Two Weeks with Sally Field and Changing Hearts with Tom Skerritt, Faye Dunaway, and Lauren Holly.
STC is also incredibly excited to announce the Feb. 2 performance will feature Ruby Amanfu and Francis Rodino. Ruby recently appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off” and is best known for being one half of the duo Sam & Ruby. She toured the country extensively in 2012 with Jack White in support of his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, including performances on “Saturday Night Live,” “Conan” and “Austin City Limits.” She has had songs cut by such artists as Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini and co-wrote the song “Heaven’s My Home” with Katie Herzig, which was nominated for a 2007 Grammy award for Best Country Performance. Amanfu released an EP in 2012 titled “The Simple Sessions” and is currently recording her first full length effort in a decade to be released in 2013.
Emerging from Europe and the US, countless live performances have solidified Rodino’s reputation as a solid live act, holding a deep connection with fans and followers from around the world. Live performances have carried Rodino’s band throughout Europe, with key performances headlining the Paradiso, Amsterdam, London’s Scala and IndigO2, and Netherland’s Concert at Sea Festival. Rodino is currently based in Nashville and working on songwriting collaborations and new material for his follow up album.
This production is at STC for two nights only. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 at 8:00 p.m. Seating for this intimate show is cabaret style. Tickets ($30) are available at www.streettheatrecompany.org. Performances are at Street Theatre (1933 Elm Hill Pk.). For more information, call (615) 554-7414.
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