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NECC Presents Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Submitted by on December 7, 2020 – 3:47 pm

The Northern Essex Community College Top Notch Players will stream a production of “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney, Dec. 10 through 12.

In this tragic-comedy, childhood friends Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner read communication they have exchanged over a 50-year period, beginning with birthday thank you notes as children and continuing with a lifetime of letters that detail marriages and careers, and dreams and disappointments.

The performance is directed by NECC theater and communication professor, Bri Beatrice, who encourages viewers to “watch from the comfort of your own home with a cup of cocoa.”

Available virtually anytime from Thursday, Dec. 10 at midnight until Saturday, Dec. 12 at midnight, the play features Samantha Wheatley of Lowell as Melissa and Stephen Caliskan of Acton as Andrew. The play can be accessed at

Samantha Wheatley of Lowell and Stephen Caliskan of Acton star in NECC’s production of “Love Letters”.

If you like what you see, you are invited to Venmo a donation to the NECC Theater Program to @Brianne-Beatrice, naming the donation “Love Letters”.

For more information, contact Beatrice at

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers approximately 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,000 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at or call 978-556-3700.