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Love Letters

September 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - September 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm PDT


Murphys Creek Theatre presents Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, the hit Broadway two-person, Pulitzer Prize-nominated play that tells the sweet story of two close friends who begin writing to each other as children and never stop.

Special guest stars from the greater Mother Lode community will take the stage each night for this one-weekend-only production, including Don Bilotti, Firman Brown, Maryann Curmi, Martha Kight, Gary Tofanelli, and Barbara Yook. The play is directed by longtime MCT Artistic Director Graham Green. 

Love Letters follows the lives of Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III and Melissa Gardner, two affluent East Coasters who meet in the second grade and communicate through letters and postcards for more than 50 years. A story of unrequited love, we follow the characters down their separate paths of careers, love, heartbreak, aspirations, and failures — all captured through their poignant correspondence.


Don Bilotti and Maryann Curmi are local icons in the theatre community, with more than 20 years of local dedication with Stage 3, Mountain Actors Conservatory, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Columbia Actors Repertory, and Murphys Creek Theatre. Don is currently Professor of Drama at Columbia College, while Maryann greets the Mother Lode every morning on KZSQ with Mark and Maryann of the Morning Star Cafe.

Firman Brown has been a resident of Calaveras County for 13 years, and has served as a charter member and President of the Friends of the Calaveras County Fair. He has also been strongly involved with the Angels Camp Business Association and the Sonora Horseless Carriage Club, and has starred in the Calaveras Follies.

Martha Kight has worked onstage in Northern California for four decades. With MCT, she has performed in Into the Woods, The Importance of Being Earnest, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and many more. She has also performed with the Sacramento Theatre Company Capital Stage, TAAC, Green Valley, KOLT Run, and Artistic Differences.

Gary Tofanelli was Supervisor of District 1 from 2009 to 2013, and is running for the office once again in this November’s election. He is deeply involved with the Valley Springs Friends of the Library Board, Jenny Lind Veteran’s Memorial District, Valley Springs Area Business Association, Rotary Club, and the Valley Springs Boosters, and has also starred in the Calaveras Follies.

Barbara Yook is the Calaveras County District Attorney and a member of the Calaveras County Sexual Assault Response Team, Calaveras County Child Care Council, Calaveras Arts Council, Calaveras County Women’s Network, California Narcotics Officers Association, and the California District Attorneys Association.


Theatre patrons can enjoy a special reception with the cast following each performance of Love Letters, and will have a chance to give input on the 2017 season, which is currently being planned.

Tickets for this special engagement are $25 each for all patrons (season ticket subscribers may use their memberships).


Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. (ft. Gary Tofanelli and Martha Kight)

Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. (ft. Don Bilotti and Maryann Curmi)

Sunday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. (ft. Barbara Yook and Firman Brown)


September 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
September 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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Black Bart Playhouse
580 S. Algiers Street
Murphys, CA 95222 United States
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Murphys Creek Theatre is a small, professionally oriented theatre company located in the charming and historic goldrush-era town of Murphys, in Calaveras County, California.