SPAC stages classic Broadway play that passes pandemic protocol

Jessica Skropanic
Siskiyou Daily News
Siskiyou Performing Arts Center performs the classic Broadway play “Love Letters" opening Thursday October 21, 2021.

A.R. Gurney may have premiered his Pulitzer Prize-nominated play more than 30 years ago, but it could have been tailor-made for performances during the COVID pandemic.

This month, the Siskiyou Performing Arts Center brings to the stage the classic Broadway play “Love Letters,” a play that keeps two actors socially distanced.

“Love Letters” tells the story of a romantic correspondence between two people, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. The childhood friends begin a lifelong relationship: Starting with thank you notes sent as children, to postcards, then letters exchanged during war, marriage to others, and family and career successes and failures.

“Love Letters” seemed like a natural fit at this time, said SPAC board members J. J. Lewis-Nichols and Peter Beoris in a press release.

“Love Letters” marks an important SPAC fall fundraiser — a return to the stage since SPAC productions stopped due to the COVID pandemic.

“The theater misses everyone and wants to keep her lights on,” the press release said.

SPAC will host four performances on the SPAC stage at 311 Yreka St. in Yreka: Three at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 to 23, and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Oct. 24.

Attendees must be ages 13 or older. Masks are required for all audience members and seating is limited.

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Tickets are $20, and are available at:

  • Nature’s Kitchen at 412 South Main St. in Yreka. Call 530-842-1136.
  • Bella Art Works at 117 West Miner St. in Yreka. Call 530-842-5411.

For more information go to the SPAC Facebook page at facebook.com/SiskiyouPerformingArtsCenter

Donations to the theater can be mailed to SPAC, P.O. Box 407, Yreka, CA 96097.

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.