(Kansas City, Missouri) - Following the theme Love Stories, the Kansas City Public Library launches a ninth season of its popular Script-in-Hand series on Sunday, February 15, 2015, with the drama Love Letters.
The stage performance, featuring Kansas City's Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, begins at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
A.R. Gurney's poignant script chronicles the 50-year relationship between a man and a woman - first as children, then as lovers, and finally as friends - through letters they exchanged during their lives and now read on stage. Premiering in 1988, the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1990.
The Script-in-Hand series continues in March with two romantic comedies, Same Time, Next Year and Barefoot in the Park, at the Plaza Branch. It concludes in May with the musical The Light in the Piazza at the downtown Central Library.
All performances are staged by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre with local talent and featured actors reading their lines from scripts carried in their hands, a subtle reminder of the power of the written word and an ideal way to present plays in a Library setting. The 2013-14 season featured five comedies that drew an average crowd of nearly 220.
The series is underwritten by Country Club Bank. A reception, provided by Cosentino's Market, follows each performance for members of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Guests who are not members may join at the door.
Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.