Keegan Theatre's Acts of Love: Three Plays, Three Weeks
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The last date listed for Keegan Theatre's Acts of Love was Saturday August 29, 2009 / 8:00pm (False Romance: An Intergalactic Farce).
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**August 14-15: Love Letters
**Gurney is the author of many highly acclaimed plays, including The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Scenes from American Life, and The Middle Ages. In 1990, Love Letters was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He is also the author of three novels and the recipient of the Drama Desk Award and the Award of Merit from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Love Letters by A. R. Gurney focuses on two characters born between the wars. Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III maintain correspondence through letters over the course of fifty years. These funny, painful, and sometimes, unremarkable letters reveal their desires and frustrations as they grow into their separate lives. A. R. Gurney suggests that his emphasis in this play on the importance of writing is more than coincidental.
“This letter, which I’m writing with my own hand, with my own pen, in my own penmanship, comes from me and no one else, and is a present of myself to you.”**
August 21-22: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room**
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room is a world premiere one-act play written by Keegan company member, Megan Thrift. The dramatist presents us with Maggie, a young and talented bartender, who seems full of spirit and possibility. But she is trapped, struggling to maintain her own dreams, a failing business, and familial responsibility. Clint is alone at the bar nursing some old wounds, and when he and Maggie start a conversation, they find themselves kindred spirits. These two vulnerable souls search for answers with the help of each other’s perspective and, in the end, must decide whether to accept the things they cannot change or “change the things they cannot accept.” **
August 28-29: False Romance: An Intergalactic Farce
False Romance: An Intergalactic Farce, written by Joe Baker, is an adapted and lengthened 10-minute play originally titled, When Jason Met Maggala. While exploring the unexpected tribulations of the future, this piece reveals the everlasting conventions of young love. Maggie breaks up with Jason, which drives Jason to ask his friend, Rod, how to get Maggie back. Unbeknownst to Jason, Rod and Maggie have a secret. Rod offers some bad advice to Jason, and Rod meets the attractive Bea, who he, inevitably, falls for. Bea finally locates her lost friend, Jason, and the two chat before he is able to follow through with his plan. Jason realizes that Rod has been deceiving him, and this leads Bea and Rod to plan a picnic in the park with their friends, Jason and Maggie. With all four humanoids sitting down on one picnic blanket, the air is cleared and their intentions are exposed. Words are spoken, tensions rise, and eventually a proposal is made. But who proposes what to whom?