The Colin McEnroe Show
10:55 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Lure of Letters

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Tab Hunter and Joyce DeWitt, Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones from "The Daily Show," Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern: I could go on and on. These are all couples who have acted together in A.R. Gurney's play, "Love Letters."

The play is amazingly elastic. Do you want to see Larry Hagman and Linda Gray together one more time post-Dallas? Well, they did "Love Letters." 

Pete Gurney is with us on the show this hour, along with another writer who has used the epistolary form, which has been around a long time. We talk to Gurney about his playwrighting career. Then we talk about letters, ending with a young man who is finding an interesting way to revive the form and recruit his own generation.

GUESTS:

  • A.R “Pete” Gurney is an American playwright and novelist. He's written almost 50 plays including "Love Letters," "The Dining Room," and "The Snow Ball," which he based on his novel of the same name.
  • Mark Dunn is a playwright and novelist. He is author of "Ella Minnow Pea" and "American Decameron." His plays include "Belles," and "Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain."
  • Travis White is a student at Central Michigan University and the founder of “Letter for Better”

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