Gregory Mosher Directs National Tour of A.R. Gurney's 'Love Letters'

November 3, 2015

Faculty member Gregory Mosher’s production of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw is slated for a national tour in 2016.

Love Letters tells the story of two childhood friends from families of means who begin a letter-writing correspondence, beginning with postcards and thank you cards, that ends up spanning 50 years as they come together and grow apart, eventually having an affair at a point where it’s already far too late for them to be together.

This production is a version of one that Mosher directed on Broadway last year with a rotating cast of big names including Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Carol Burnett, Candice Bergen and Alan Alda. The current rendition, which reunites the stars of Love Story 45 years after the movie premiered, recently ran at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills and received stellar reviews.

“The play seems tailor-made for the pair who imbue their performances not only with palpable spark and gripping emotional depth but also with an aura of winsome nostalgia for a time when they were the industry’s most romantically tragic — and, therefore, most perfect — onscreen couple,” said the Variety review.

Broadway World said, “MacGraw and O'Neal seem so connected in their hearts and souls, this time the two characters were so remarkably real, their heartache and angst about life and love, as well as each other, was palpable from moment to moment as their lives unfolded both separately and together…”

“I couldn’t take my eyes off them,” said an L.A. Magazine reviewer.

Gregory Mosher has directed or produced nearly 200 stage productions on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London's West End. Among them were the first productions of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, David Rabe's Hurly Burly, John Leguizamo's Freak and over 20 plays with David Mamet, including American Buffalo and Glengarry Glen Ross. Recent work includes Broadway productions of A View from the Bridge(with Liev Schrieber and Scarlett Johansson), That Championship Season (with Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Chris Noth and Brian Cox) and the Kennedy Center's production of Richard Nelson's adaptation Ferenc Molnar's The Guardsman (with Finn Wittrock and Sarah Wayne Callies). He teaches classes in direction, dramaturgy and text analysis.

The tour, which will run until June, will visit Boston, Hartford, Dallas, Detroit, Buffalo and Baltimore.