FEBRUARY 9-10, 7:30pm

Two of Hampton Roads favorite actors, Chris Hanna and Julie Fishell, perform this touching story of lifelong love as a staged reading fundraiser for Virginia Stage.

The story of this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play unfolds as Andrew and Melissa, two life long friends, read cards, notes, and letters they have written to each other over nearly 50 years beginning when they were children. They remain close through their writing though he goes off to excel at Yale and join the war, while she flunks out of school and gets married.  Through the decades they come together and float apart physically, but the love is ever present. This poignant story of friends who never lose their timeless connection is perfect for a date or ladies night out. 


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Chris Hanna serves as Artistic Director Emeritus at Virginia Stage Company, where he has directed over thirty productions in the Company’s history. He is a Professor and Director of Theatre at Old Dominion University, where his production history is also extensive.  He served on the founding faculty of the Governor’s School of the Arts, is a past recipient of the Cultural Alliance’s Artistic Leadership Award, and presently serves on the Board of Directors for Zeiders’ American Dream Theatre.  Outside Hampton Roads, Chris has served as Resident Director for the Juilliard School Drama Division, as Artistic Associate of the Chautauqua Theater Company, on the Graduate faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and on the play development staffs of both the New York Shakespeare Festival and London’s Royal Court Theater.  Chris’ most recent onstage performance was as Sigmund Freud in Freud's Last Session at Tidewater Stage. He holds an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and is a member of the professional director’s union, Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Julie Fishell

Julie Fishell is honored to return to VSC having previously appeared as Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Louka in Arms and the Man, Linda in Death of a Salesman and Julianna in The Other Place, all directed by Chris Hanna.  Julie has appeared Off-Broadway, Regionally and with National and International Tours. Select roles include Amanda in Private Lives, Prospero in The Tempest, Kate in All My Sons, Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Charlotte in A Little Night Music and Winnie in Happy Days.  Ms. Fishell currently teaches at the University of California at Santa Barbara following 23 years of performing, directing and teaching with PlayMakers Repertory Company and the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC.  Memberships - Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, National Alliance of Acting Teachers.


Support VIRGINIA STAGE & the Arts in Hampton Roads by attending Love Letters!

General Admission $35

Premium Admission $100,
includes Artist Reception following the show on Saturday



* No rush tickets will be available for LOVE LETTERS, as it is a fundraising event.