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Audition: Love Letters

CORONADO PLAYHOUSE announces AUDITIONS for its production of:

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney

Director: Jacob Sampson

Producer: Anthony Zelig

Auditions Via Video Submission: Please read this entire notice and follow the instructions below before submitting your audition:

Please email audition@coronadoplayhouse.com with the following:

  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your headshot (low res preferred, but not required)
  • The following information (even if it is on your resume) in the body of the email:
    • Full Name (and preferred pronouns, if you wish)
    • Phone Number (cell phone preferred)
    • Email Address
    • Age or Age Range
  • Any conflicts with the rehearsal dates listed below
    • Any conflicts with performance dates (we may be able to work with performance conflicts as we are planning to cast three pairs of actors for the run of the show)
  • A video of you performing a contemporary monologue of no longer than 1 minute (nothing from the play, please). NOTE: Please upload your video to YouTube, Dropbox or other third-party platform and include the link in your email submission. Please do NOT attach your video file to the email.

All auditions must be received by October 31st to be considered for a callback. Please make sure to include all of the requested materials/information.

CALLBACKS: VIA ZOOM on Monday, November 9 and/or Tuesday November 10, from 6:30-9:30pm, by invitation only

Please note:  Callbacks may be recorded by Coronado Playhouse solely for reference in making casting decisions and will not be shared outside of the production team.

COVID-19 Notice:

Coronado Playhouse cares about the well-being of its staff, cast and crew and will be following all guidelines and procedures to ensure their safety. We have deliberately chosen this show to avoid physical interaction of the cast and to ensure a safe environment both on and backstage. All necessary precautions will be taken including wearing masks, frequent sanitation, temperature checks and, if possible, regular testing for the virus. There is also consideration being given to performing this show outdoors, next to the Playhouse.

Production Dates/Times:

January 22 – February 21, 2021
Thursday – Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.

Note: We are planning to cast three pairs of actors to share the run of the show. Performance dates for each pair is TBD.

If you have any questions not answered in this announcement, you may email audition@coronadoplayhouse.com

Audition Details:

  • For all roles: Submit a recording of your one-minute contemporary monologue.

Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled from Sunday, December 6, 2020 through Thursday, January 21, 2021 and will initially be conducted via Zoom. We will take a break for the holidays.

You need to know all of your conflicts from December 6, 2020 through Thursday, January 21, 2021 plus any performance conflicts and these must be included in your submission email.

The first rehearsal, via Zoom, will be Sunday, December 6 at 6pm. The rehearsal schedule will be provided in advance of the first read through. 

  • Strictly a Non-Equity production.

If you are invited to callbacks, you will be provided with sides from the show.


Show synopsis: 

Love Letters chronicles a half-century of letters between Melissa Gardner and her childhood friend turned love interest, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, childhood friends whose correspondence begins with birthday party thank-you notes and summer camp postcards. Romantically attached, they continue to exchange letters through angst-ridden boarding school experiences, troubled college years, European adventures, the ups and downs of careers and failed marriages.

Over the course of their lives, Andy and Melissa’s relationship goes through many changes, as the couple goes through periods of estrangement, and the intense, clandestine affair which will accelerate Melissa’s emotional breakdown. Despite the painful differences which will ultimately tear them apart, they remain each other’s most trusted confidante throughout their lives, from childhood to death.


Cast List and Breakdown: 

Coronado Playhouse is committed to diverse casting. All ethnicities and TGNC individuals are encouraged to audition. 

While we are open to casting within a large age range, each couple will be cast to appear the same age, like the characters.

Melissa Gardner – Female or Female Identifying, 30s to 70s
Outgoing and likeable, Melissa is the friend you want at a party. She is an extrovert and lives with some demons.

Andrew Makepeace Ladd III – Male or Male Identifying, 30s to 70s
Traditional and “all-American”.  Romantic in simple ways. His pragmatism has made him content.