‘Love Letters’ breaks new ground at Miners Foundry – audio included | TheUnion.com

‘Love Letters’ breaks new ground at Miners Foundry – audio included

“Love Letters” is an ageless story of a relationship between two people that tugs at your heart. It begins when the two are children and spans 30 years, during which each lives a complicated life of his own; yet they remain bound by a relationship that continues to grow.

Past Readers Theatre productions of this story at Miners Foundry have included Bob and Konnie Warburton, John Driscoll and Jan Kopp, and Tim and Sheila O’Connor. This time the long-distance lovers are portrayed by Bob Buhlis, 69, and Richard Farrar, 60.

In this time of frankness and breaking down of barriers, as witnessed by “Brokeback Mountain,” Buhlis says, “(‘Love Letters’) is a love story between two people; it doesn’t matter who the two people are. It is our hope that more and more people will understand that love can be between any two people as we as a people deal with human rights for all.”

“Bittersweet” and “poignant” are two words used to describe this story by playwright A.R. Gurney, which deals with alcoholism, domineering parents, obsessions and heartbreak. The stage holds only two tables, at which the actors sit and read the letters they have penned to each other.

Both readers, friends in real life who own businesses in Nevada City, and director Tim O’Connor say that a chance conversation in the Nevada City Postal Co. (owned by Buhlis) led to the casting of this year’s “Love Letters.” Says O’Connor, “Their characters’ bittersweet relationship illustrates the unbreakable ties that can bind two human beings together.”

This production takes place at Miners Foundry, Nevada City, at 2 p.m. Sunday.

A professional actor and now a local director, O’Connor is best known to television viewers as Elliott Carson in the long-running TV series “Peyton Place” (1964). In the early 1950s, he moved to New York where he became one of television’s busiest actors during the medium’s dramatic coming-of-age. Appearing frequently on the “The United States Steel Hour” (1953), he became a mainstay of the “Family Classics” series, starring in such productions as “The Three Musketeers” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”

When he moved to California (Santa Monica), he became one of filmdom’s most versatile performers (his filmography lists 110 acting events). Now Tim and his wife, Sheila, happily live in Nevada City with their dogs and cats.

What: Readers Theatre presents “Love Letters”

When: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City

Admission: Tickets for $15 can be purchased at the Nevada City Postal Company, by calling Miners Foundry at 265-5040, or at the door.

Information: Call or e-mail gretchen@minersfoundry.org, or go online at http://www.minersfoundry.org

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