Contact:       Olwen O’Herlihy                      Phone:  413-667-3906


Where:  The Academy of Music, Northampton Massachusetts


Date and Time:   Sunday, October 30th, 2011 at 2:30pm




In February 1989, A. R. Gurney’s play LOVE LETTERS had been presented in New York for limited performances with a different actress and actor alternating in the roles of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, both Waspish, high society and wealthy Americans. Those who, nowadays, are blind to the needs of the world around them. We see Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner over a period of 50 years, as the author carries them from second grade through the trauma of adulthood, marriage, divorce and middle age. For a fleeting one and a half hours, he takes us with humor, understanding, and love of all stages of youth and age at love in letter writing – reading and sometimes not receiving!  Vincent Dowling and Mary Linda Rapelye will be recreating these roles at The Academy of Music in Northampton Massachusetts, on October 30th, 2011 Sunday 2:30pm.

A.R. Gurney, is one of the most prolific and produced playwrights in America. His work focuses primarily on the issues and realities of middle-class American life.  His breakthrough success came in 1982 with The Dining Room. Gurney is the recipient of many awards, notably a Drama Desk Award in 1971, a Rockefeller Award in 1977 and two Lucille Lortel Awards in 1989 and 1994.  He has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the New England Theatre Conference.

Vincent Dowling is a Lifetime Associate Director of The Abbey Theatre, The National Theatre of Ireland and former Artistic Director, later Producing Director in North America. He led the company on its first visits to the Soviet Union, Hong Kong, Brighton, Florence International Festivals, and, in 1990 the Abbey Theatre’s first national tour of America in fifty- five years.  Earlier, he served The Abbey Theatre from 1953 to 1976 as an actor, director, Deputy Artistic Director, and Director of the Experimental Theatre.  From 1976 through 1984, he was Artistic and Producing Director of The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Ohio where he directed, produced, acted in Shakespeare,  and other  classical works. In 1977, he discovered Tom Hanks, brought him to GLSF, and gave him his Equity card. Tom returned for two more seasons, and credits Dowling with “teaching him everything he needed to know about the theatre”.   Vincent has, also, directed at a number of America’s leading professional resident theatres, Off Broadway,  and in London’s West End.  Vincent has performed on three State occasions at The White House, as well as, in New York,  Dublin, and on National tours in which he has performed THE GIN GAME  with Kim Hunter, and his own One- Man Shows .  Dowling presented the first ever 8 ½ hour production by an American company of  The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby  in Chicago and Cleveland.   He won an Emmy for his PBS TV production and direction of THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD By John Millington Synge Recently, Dr. Dowling directed a very successful production of THE RIVALRY by Norman Corwin for a three month Off Broadway run. He is the Founder and President of The Miniature Theatre of Chester, an Equity company in the Berkshires and for a decade he served on The International Artistic Directorate of London’s Shakespeare Globe Theatre.

MARY LINDA RAPELYE  film, stage and television star,  has most recently played Adele Douglas to superb reviews in New York and on tour in The Rivalry  and  worked in the feature films The Box starring Cameron Diaz, The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock, and This Side Of The Truth  starring Jennifer Garner . She appeared in the original version of STAR TREK as Chekhov’s girlfriend “Irina” in the episode “The Way to Eden”. She has also performed the role of  Maggie Crawford for six years on  As The World Turns, Faith Kipling on One Life To Live, as well as roles on Ironsides, and Medical Center and as  Senator  Baker’s wife in the made- for -T.V.-movie Blind Ambition  about John Dean and Richard Nixon.  Her other movie credits include In Cold Blood (Susan Kidwell) directed by Richard Brooks and Marooned (Gregory Peck’s daughter) directed by John Sturges, Manchurian Candidate with Meryl Streep.


Western Massachusetts theatergoers have only one opportunity to see the Vincent Dowling Theatre Company’s presentation at the Academy of Music in Northampton.


Order your ticket now! Tickets: $15 students and seniors, $20 general admission and $25 for VIP seating.  Please contact or by calling  413-584-9032  ext: 105

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Post Office Box 519

 Huntington MA. 01050