The newly renovated Ray Evans Theater in Salamanca is keeping its string of exciting live performances going with “Love Letters” on Aug. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The show is free to the general public.

“Love Letters,” written by A.R. Gurney in 1989, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The bittersweet and moving story, told through lifelong correspondence between prominent socialites Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, is read by Burnell Shively and Martin Wilde.

Martin Wilde began directing in 1978 at The Barn, in Montville, NJ, where his major productions include “A View from the Bridge,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “The Shadow Box,” “The elephant Man, “Da,” “Orphans,” “Amadeus,” “The Boys Next Door, “Juno and the Peacock” and “The Baby Dance.” At the Nutley Little Theatre, he directed “Glengarry Glenn Ross” and appeared onstage as Mr. Foot and as Bert Healy in “Annie” at The Barn.

Burnell Shively is an international voice talent and actress. Her commercial  and instructional experience on and off camera include clients such as Canal +, Hong Kong Telecom, WMHT, Sony, General Electric and ENN News. Brunell appeared as Ida in “See How They Run” at The Ghent Playhouse, NY, in 2009.

Ray Evans Seneca Theater is located at 10 Main Street in the heart of Salamanca. No tickets are required for “Love Letters”—just show up for a fabulous evening!