Love Letters, a play staged yesterday at Ranga shankara, revolved round letters written to each other by the protagonists, Andy Ladd III and Melissa Gardener. The letters, written over 50 years, starting at the age of six, covered every phase of their lives from childhood to old age. Both of them enact the whole life span only by reading letters that they receive from each other. They communicate with each other only through audio response, since they are supposed to be reading letters, they do not have any visual contact or response. They depend on the response of the audience. It is from the audience that they get their cue. I did not see people weeping and crying at the end of the play but surely they were touched by this beauty. Some remember their lost love, some remember their first love letter. I could spot some well known personalities like Girish Karnad in the audience.
Directed by Rahul Da Cunha, Love Letters first opened in 1993. With over 250 performances since then, it is one of the longest running plays in Indian theatre. Based on A R Gurney's internationally acclaimed play, Love Letters is a heart-warming and poignant tale about two people who write letters to each other over a period of 50 years. Andy is a serious, down-to-earth attorney and Melissa, a lively, free-spirited artist. But these two opposites — childhood friends with a definite attraction— share experiences through letters and notes written from the age of six to 60. Touching, romantic and frequently funny, their correspondence follows a bittersweet path of boarding schools, marriage, children, divorce and missed opportunities to reveal the life journey of two soul mates who share the greatest gift: love.
Totally messed up in her life, it's very touching when Melissa tells Andy that he is all that is left in her life.
After looking at the play you just wish that these two could have been together.
There was one thing which I noticed, towards the end of the play when both Rajit and Shernaz came out to bow towards the audience. Rajit was still crying. Seems that he could not stop his tears which were rolling down from his last scene.
(Part of the above information sought from Source: http://www.deccanherald.com/CONTENT/Jul242008/metrothurs2008072380497.asp)