Aegis hosts two-actor play, ‘Love Letters’

February 9, 2009

By David Hayes

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Whidbey Island actors Ed Cornachio and Martha Murphy star in the two actor play ‘Love Letters’ Feb. 14 at Aegis Living of Issaquah. Contributed

Aegis Living of Issaquah, ever seeking to incorporate their residents into more community activities, is hosting “Love Letters,” a two-actor play.

Activities director Sommer Albertson said this is the perfect activity for the holiday.

“It’s a love story on Valentine’s Day,” she said. “What a great way to spend the afternoon.”

Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, the tale centers on characters Melissa Garner and Andrew Makepiece, as they explore during the World War II era the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats they have passed between them throughout their separate lives.It stars Martha Murphy and Ed Cornachio, both from South Whidbey Island.

“I know Martha personally,” Albertson said. “She was involved in a lot of children’s theater. She’s now stepping away from the Whidbey Island community to produce her own plays.”

Albertson said Aegis is an intimate setting for the two-person play. For that reason, she estimates there’s only room for about 20 community members in addition to Aegis residents. Half of the proceeds from the $5 tickets purchased at the door will go toward the Alzheimer’s Association. It will last about an hour and a half with an intermission.

Albertson said she expects the experience to be beneficial for Aegis residents.

“Live theater is an uplifting experience,” she said. “Plus, it’s wonderful to bring to our community for the residents finding it hard to get out and about.

“Plus, it’s an opportunity for the Issaquah community to connect here with our seniors, to spend valuable time,” she added. “I’m always looking for ways to get them connected to the community.”

If you go

‘Love Letters’

Aegis Living of Issaquah

This two-actor play starts promptly at   2 p.m. Feb. 14.

780 N.W. Juniper St.

392-8100

Tickets are limited and are $5 at the door.

Correction

The participants in Vino Bella’s Open Mic Poetry Readings photos in the Jan. 28 Press were misidentified. Reisha Holton was the participant reading her poem while Nancy Talley was the one introducing the crowd.

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