Valentine's Dinner Theatre Benefit for The Stephen Lewis Foundation at The Dream Cafe!
A Fundraiser for the The Stephen Lewis Foundation
hosted by Grandmothers for Africa, S. Okanagan & The Dream Cafe
Wednesday, February 14th
Doors 6pm Show 8pm
100% of ticket sales will go to the foundation!
This Valentine’s Day, Wednesday February 14th actors Dave Cursons and JenDitmars of The Cawston Players are hosted by Grandmothers for Africa in a benefit show at The Dream Café.
The play is “Love Letters” by A. R. Gurney. Since first performed in New Haven Connecticut in 1988, Love Letters has appeared on many hundreds of stages in North America and further abroad.
In two parts, the play features the characters of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner.
Andrew and Melissa are childhood friends whose lifelong correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through the years. When Andy is off at war, Melissa marries, but her attachment to Andy remains strong and thy econtinue to keep in touch.
Eventually she and Andy do become briefly involved, but it is really too late for both of them. However Andy’s last letter, written to her mother, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant, and gave to, each other over the years—physically apart, perhaps, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.
What is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
Dave Cursons ( playing Andy) is a retired public servant involved with community theatre as an actor and director for the past 50 years. Jen Ditmars ( playing Melissa) is an adventurer and committed social activist extending from the 60’s in Seattle, to Vancouver and the BC Wilderness in the 70’s and 80’s ; throughout she has sustained a professional career as a fine artist.
For the past 12 years, Grandmothers for Africa in the South Okanagan have worked with The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) that works with community-level organizations to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and Aids.