“Love Letters” is a unique and imaginative theater piece which, in the words of the author, needs no theater, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance. The piece comprises letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
Stugger is delighted to be returning to the Deerfield Valley and performing for the second time with Albano. It is especially appropriate for her to be part of a fundraiser for MHCA, where, over the years, she enjoyed collaborating with Barbara Lipstadt in productions of “Pippin,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Secret Garden” and “Into the Woods.” A dance/drama major, Stugger began her professional theater career as an actress/dancer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since moving to Vermont, she has performed in numerous productions in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, with favorite roles being Hedda in “Hedda Gabler,” Birdie in “Little Foxes,” Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Natalia in “A Month in the Country,” “Gin Game,” and Lettice in “Lettice and Lovage.” She is the stage director, choreographer, and dramatic coach for Opera Theatre of Weston’s productions of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “The Magic Flute,” “Globalinks,” “The Impresario,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Little Prince,” “Die Fledermaus,” and, in 2013, Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” (Noah’s Flood). Stugger lives on Stratton Mountain with her husband Walter and their two Irish terriers, Katie and Maggie.
Albano is a native of Springfield, MA. He first began acting in a college production of “The Cocktail Party” after being confronted by his English professor on his second day of college stating that he should read for the lead. With naivety and a tinge of fear, he said “yes” and was surprised on getting the male lead. He found it fun and went on to appear in lead roles in 12 amateur productions. During summers, he did voice-overs for radio and TV, was an announcer for professional sports, and appeared in 15 professional summer stock productions throughout New England including such notables as “The Diary of Ann Frank,” “Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Crucible.” As a theatrical executive, Albano worked with Gloria Swanson, John Raitt, Goldie Hawn, Hugh O’Brian, and Mickey Rooney. He toured the nation as Christus, the male lead in the American version of the “Oberammergau Passion Play.” Landing in New York, exhausted, he decided to take six months off to be with friends, but took a part-time job teaching salespeople the art of using the tools of an actor. Most salespeople taking Albano’s classes increased their production over 20%. Albano went on to take a major executive position with GALC, the developer of Cape Coral, FL, and Rio Rico, AZ. He next was appointed president of the 18,000-acre Vermont Land Corporation, and vice chairman of the 50,000-acre Adirondack (NY) TonDaLay Development Group.
After Albano moved to Vermont, he first appeared opposite Stugger in the musical “Applause.” The next time he appeared with Stugger was in the first MHCA production of “Love Letters” at Memorial Hall, in 1998. He is very pleased to be able to reprise his role as Andrew Makepiece Ladd III opposite Stugger once again.
In it 16th season, MHCA is operating this year without a formal box office. For a full listing of events and a form for ordering tickets by mail visit memhall.org. Calendars and order forms are also available at the Mountaineer Inn, Dover, and at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce,Wilmington.
Patrons may also order tickets by calling (802) 464-8411 and leaving a message including all the information on the order form, or by leaving a name and phone number, and a person will return the call within 24 hours.
MHCA is a 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization supported by ticket sales, member and corporate donations, and fundraisers.