a.r.-gurney

My father says everyone should write letters as much as they can. It’s a dying art. He says letters are a way of presenting yourself in the best possible light to another person. I think that, too.
—  Andy, Love Letters
I feel most alive when I’m holed up in some corner, writing things down. I pick up a pen, and almost immediately everything seems to take shape around me. I love to write. I love writing my parents because then I become the ideal son. I love writing essays for English, because then I am for a short while a true scholar. I love writing letters to the newspaper, notes to friends, Christmas cards, anything where I have to put down words. I love writing you. You most of all. I always have. I feel like a true lover when I’m writing you. This letter, which I’m writing with my own hand, with my own pen, in my own penmanship, comes from me and no one else, and is a present of myself to you. It’s not typewritten, though I’ve learned how to type. There’s no copy of it, though I suppose I could use a carbon. And it’s not a telephone call, which is dead as soon as it is over. No, this is just me, me the way I write, the way my writing is, the way I want to be to you, giving myself to you across a distance, not keeping or retaining any part of it for myself, giving this piece of myself to you totally, and you can tear me up and throw me out, or keep me, and read me today, tomorrow, any time you want until you die…
—  A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”
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"Sylvia" by the Antlers

Posting this, because I will be playing the role of Sylvia in the play “Sylvia: A Play About A Dog” and I love the Antlers.

Opening night is this Thursday.

Love letters.

I went to see a play with some friends tonight. I had no expectations at all because I didn’t know anything about it in advance but… wow. I may have fallen in love with it right from the very beginning. The first thing I did when I got home is to go online and buy the script…


“Love Letters” is a play by A. R. Gurney about two people who write each other letters for 50 years. And these lese letters are absolutely beautiful, the wording is simple but rich in emotions… it’s a wonderful story. Go see it / read it… you won’t regret it!

Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist, Love Letters, Plays This Weekend Only!

Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist, Love Letters, Plays This Weekend Only!

JOSHUA TREE, CA – Have you shared a love through space and time?  Words written and saved, thoughts shared and revisited, emotions captured and relived are all beautifully brought to life in A.R. Gurney’s masterpiece and Pulitzer Prize for Drama Finalist, Love Letters.  And now the award-winning Hi-Desert Cultural Center brings this magnificent dramatic work to the stage in three special…

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People who live in Tallahassee and the surrounding areas, come see Theatre TCC!’s production of Sylvia by A.R. Gurney! It opens tomorrow night at 8pm and runs October 11-13 and 18-20. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students, and free for TCC students and faculty.

It’s a hysterical show and has tons of great people working on it, so everyone should come see it! This is the same program that is presenting the show I’m Stage Managing right now, so I really urge everyone to come support it because it’s an amazing program full of incredibly talented and attractive people.

Review: The Wayside Motor Inn

Review: The Wayside Motor Inn

I don’t think I’ve seen or read very many of A.R. Gurney’s plays. So I didn’t know quite what to expect with The Wayside Motor Inn, currently onstage at the Signature. Let me just say that I flipping love the Signature because of their $25 tickets and their fantastic space. I mean, come on! They have a huge bar and a great bookstore plus several theaters! I didn’t order a beer last night, but I…

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A look at theme in “The Dining Room” by A.R. Gurney #SNHU

I’m a little late this week on my play analysis but I got it done before the deadline so that’s all that matters.

M&D's 'Sylvia' is howlingly funny

They say that dog is man’s best friend, but that doesn’t necessarily hold true for man’s wife.

In “Sylvia,” which opened at M&D Productions’ Your Theatre in North Conway, N.H. Thursday, Aug. 15, and is playing Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks, a middle aged man named Greg (Bill Knolla) finds the titular dog in the park and brings her home, much to the chagrin of his wife, Kate (Karen Gustafson).

Sylvia is personified by Kate Gustafson and speaks to and is treated by Greg and Karen as if she were a human. There is no dog costume because, like the characters, we are meant to see Sylvia more as a person than a dog.

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It’s the birthday of the playwright A.R. Gurney (books by this author), born Albert Ramsdell Gurney Jr. in Buffalo, New York (1930). In the Buffalo of his youth, the theater was the center of town, and both of his grandmothers had season tickets to the theater. But none of his cousins would agree to go with their grandmas, so he went every Sunday, and he loved it. He decided that he wanted to be an artist of some sort, and when he was eight years old, he made a formal announcement at the family dinner table that he would not be going into his father’s business.

His first major off-Broadway play was called The David Show, a satire of 1960s culture and politics, using characters from the Old Testament. It opened off-Broadway in 1968. Gurney was teaching at M.I.T. at the time, and on opening night a bunch of his students threw him a party — they brought him cake and a jug of wine. But then the play got totally panned by the New York Times critic Clive Barnes. He wrote, “We leave the smooth nothingness of Mr. Gurney’s play with its empty intellectual beaches and gently lapping waters of inconsequentiality.” It closed after only one night. Gurney was so distraught that he didn’t want to go back and face his students, but they brought in another jug of wine and told him to stick it out.

He has gone on to write more than 40 plays, plus one-acts, a libretto, and three novels. His plays include Scenes from American Life (1971), Love Letters (1989), Sylvia (1995), and most recently, Heresy (2012).