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“Love Letters” two-person play to be performed in new intimate setting on Valentine’s Day in Lead

February 14, 2018 - February 15, 2018

“Love Letters” two-person play to be performed in new intimate setting on Valentine’s Day in Lead

LEAD, SD – The Historic Homestake Opera House (HHOH) invites the public to attend a special Valentine’s Day two-person play titled “Love Letters” performed in cooperation with The Bukit Lizt Players community theatre. The play will be performed on Wednesday, February 14 and Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 pm in a new black box theatre setting accessible via the back entrance of the HHOH building at 308 Julius Street.

“Love Letters” is a two-act comedy play by A. R. Gurney and is directed by Joe Saracco, starring Pam Wegner of Spearfish, SD and Wilbur Newland of Belle Fourche, SD. The play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and centers on two lifelong friends, Melissa and Andrew, who sit side by side and reminisce 50 years of friendship and memories in their notes and letters. The play signals a return to a simpler time; a time of handwritten words, old ink pens, and linen paper as the tools that allowed feelings and notions to be expressed. The characters read aloud their adventures and secrets (good and bad) and how they each related to their individual lives. “Love Letters” is a lively comedy with strong pathos that will provide an evening of entertainment. This play is produced in cooperation with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for HHOH members, $5 for students 17 and younger. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged. Each attendee will receive a rose and a chocolate truffle. Wine, beer, soda and water is available for purchase. Seating is first-come, first served. To purchase tickets by credit card, call the box office at 605-584-2067, or at HHOH office from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; or purchase online at HomestakeOperaHouse.org.

The Bukit Lizt Senior Community Theatre & Workshop is an ongoing senior arts program to provide a cultural and creative outlet for local arts communities. The program began in 2014 an is open to area residents age 55 and older. Workshops include acting and scriptwriting, small presentations, and live, fully-produced performances. The Bukit Lizt Players program provides creative expression and social interaction, which are vital to participants’ mental and physical well-being. The Bukit Lizt Players are supported by Spearfish Senior Center, and the Spearfish Community Foundation, and donations. The group performs throughout the year in Spearfish and the Black Hills, and pride themselves on their motto: “Old actors never die – they just seek new stages.”

Pam Wegner recently retired as a theatre professor at Black Hills State University and has performed numerous roles with Black Hills Community Theatre as well as the Matthews Opera House including the 2017 Theater on the Run. Pam made her debut with The Bukit Lizt Players with a 2017 “Love Letters” debut, and was onstage recently at a January 2018 Bellman Brown Bag presentation by The Bukit Lizt Players in January.

Wilbur Newland is a lifelong Black Hills resident and just completed a role in the original play “The Cribbage Game” by The Bukit Lizt Players. You may recognize Wilbur from his performance in Deadwood 1876 Theatre’s “Who Killed Nelly”. A rancher at heart and gracing stages across the region, Newman is known for his knowledge of Western lore and performances of cowboy poetry.

Proceeds from the event support ongoing music programming, restoration projects, and operations at the Historic Homestake Opera House. Free parking is located behind the building, on Main Street, and lot parking within four blocks or less from the theater. The building is wheelchair accessible.

For more information, contact HHOH Executive Director Sarah Carlson at 605-584-2067 or homestakeoperahouse@gmail.com.

The HHOH is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to returning the building to productive use for the enrichment of the region and to provide arts and culture and educational opportunities for generations to come. Support for the HHOH is provided in part by the HHOH annual members, the City of Lead, and the Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation. The HHOH is a equal opportunity provider and employer.

Ticket Information

Ticket Sales Start: February 1, 2018
Ticket Information: Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for HHOH members, $5 for students 17 and younger. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Event Contact Information

Name: Sarah Carlson
Email: opera@rushmore.com
Phone: 6055842067

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