Len Cariou, Heather Summerhayes Cariou

Love Letters - a play

 

The 2017 Readers and Writers Festival will be hailing both Readers and Writers in the play "Love Letters" by A.R. Gurney, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Actors from both Screen and Stage have performed this play including: Alan Alda, Carol Burnett and Candice Bergman to name a few.

Tome Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Len Cariou, from Blue Bloods

Tome Selleck, Donnie Wahlberg and Len Cariou, from Blue Bloods

A.R. Gurney's two-character play follows the relationship between a stuffy W.A.S.P. and a free-spirited woman, throughout their lives from childhood to death, as chronicled in the letters they write to each other. The play is very simply presented, with the two actors seated at a table, reading from the script, as if from letters.

Who better to bring those words to life than Tony and Emmy award winning actor Len Cariou and his wife Heather Summerhayes Cariou, also an award winning actress and author.

Throughout an international career of nearly 60 years, Canadian-born Len Cariou has distinguished himself as one of the great theatre actors of his generation.  A member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame, a three-time Tony Nominee, a premiere interpreter of Sondheim, he won the Tony for his legendary performance in the title role of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In addition to his many appearances on and off Broadway, Len is known for a wide-ranging classical repertoire generated at The Guthrie Theatre, the Stratford Connecticut Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Centre, and the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. His recent off-Broadway solo show Broadway & The Bard was critically acclaimed.  His many films include Executive Decision, The Four Seasons, Secret Window, About Schmidt, and Prisoners.  Film critics lauded his performance as Cardinal Law in Spotlight, which won the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture.  He received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Franklin Roosevelt in HBO’s Into the Storm, and won a Genie (Canada’s Oscar) for Best Actor in the film One Man. Over the past seven years, Len has endeared himself to an audience of millions around the world playing Henry “Pop” Reagan in the CBS hit series Blue Bloods. He is currently developing Don’t Go Gentle, an independent film based on the play of the same name by Stephen Belber.  Len is a husband of 30 years, a proud father and grandfather, an inveterate gin rummy player, and an avid golfer who dwells in possibility.

Heather Summerhayes Cariou is endowed with a highly-calibrated BS meter and a decent right-cross, but revels in the open road of the heart and the life of the mind. She isthe author of Sixtyfive Roses: A Sister’s Memoir (Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2006, Canada Reads Top 40 Finalist 2010). Canadian born, she holds a B.F.A. in Theatre/Performance and recently earned a Master of Science degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, where she is now working on a Fellowship. Heather spent 15 years as a professional actor on stages across Canada and off-Broadway before turning to writing full-time.  A damn-the-torpedoes kind of gal, she once paddle-captained a raft full of screaming women through Blossom Bar rapid on the Rogue River at high water, and cooked and served Thanksgiving dinner in a hotel room in Baltimore for the entire cast and crew of the Broadway-bound musical Teddy and Alice. A daughter, sister, Auntie, wife, Gramma and friend, she laughs loudly, cries hard, and loves fiercely.

One performance only at the Milford Theater on Friday September 15th at 7.30pm.

 

This event is produced by Michelle Oram.

Michelle Oram, Production Manager Love Letters

Michelle Oram, Production Manager Love Letters

Michelle Oram recently published her first children's book Songs of the Woods and wrote a CD of songs that accompany the story. She is  writing a book titled Finding Your Voice. The book is based on her teaching program,  "Find Their own Voice", using writing, music and theatre for teens in Hawley, PA. Finding Your Voice also its own website.

She is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and developed the successful Musical Theatre and Contemporary Vocal programs at the Judith Wharton Music Center where she worked for four years as Director of Musical Theatre. Prior to that she was the founder of Stagestruck Performing Arts Center with locations in Cranford, Short Hills, and New Providence where she developed art, dance, drama, musical theatre and vocal programs for thousands of students of all ages from age 3-to adult and arts and education programs for over 25 schools and senior centers. 

Michelle lives in Hawley PA.