February 14, 2024 • 7:30 p.m.
A reading of A.R. Gurney’s
starring Dan Murphy & Annie Kaiser
A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters chronicles the relationship between a man and a woman solely through their correspondence. The play tells the story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd and Melissa Gardner, whose poignantly funny friendship and ill-fated romance takes them from second grade through adolescence, maturity, and into middle age.
At the Broadway Rose New Stage
12850 SW Grant Avenue, Tigard, OR
Due to subject matter and some language, this performance is recommended for patrons over the age of 13.
Dan Murphy as Andrew Makepeace Ladd
Dan Murphy is the managing director and co-founder of Broadway Rose Theatre Company along with his wife, Producing Artistic Director Sharon Maroney. An award-winning director, choreographer, and actor, he occasionally hits the boards in roles such as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone and as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Not only known for his musical theatre work throughout Portland, Dan has also directed and performed in Birmingham, AL; Sanford, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Lancaster, PA; and the riverboats along the Mississippi – to name a few. He is very involved in the community and has served on the Tigard Chamber of Commerce board of directors cumulatively for over 8 years within his 28 years of membership and served as board president three different times. Dan has been a Rotarian at the Tigard Noon Club since 2002, was knighted a Royal Rosarian in 2015, and named Tigard’s First Citizen in 2016. He currently sits on the boards of the Washington County Visitors Association, the Tigard Rotary Foundation, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and formerly served on the boards of Portland Area Theatre Alliance and Tigard Downtown Alliance. Dan is also active with the Tigard/Tualatin School District and directed Tualatin High School’s annual musical for over 18 years. He is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
Annie Kaiser as Melissa Gardner
Annie Kaiser has worked with Broadway Rose since 2001 as a performer, teacher, costumer, playwright/composer, and director. She directed Broadway Rose’s productions of Snapshots: A Musical Scrapbook, Gypsy, Company, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Whodunit…The Musical, and began directing their summer children’s productions in 2009. Annie appeared most recently on stage at Broadway Rose as Muzzy van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other Portland area roles include: Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos (Live on Stage!); Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man and Mama Morton in Chicago (Broadway Rose Theatre Company); Martha Watson in White Christmas (Lakewood Theatre Company); and Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp in Miss Nelson is Missing (Oregon Children’s Theatre). Some favorite roles include Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Anita in West Side Story, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, and Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town. Annie received her theatre training at the University of Washington. She is the performing arts coordinator and co-advisor of Thespian Troupe 1915 at West Linn High School.