Strings Music Festival: Broadway play ‘Love Letters’ highlights week’s schedule |

Strings Music Festival: Broadway play ‘Love Letters’ highlights week’s schedule

Valerie Powell/For the Steamboat Pilot & Today

— If you think music is the only thing that goes on in the Strings Music Pavilion, think again. As part of All Arts Festival weekend, Strings is hosting a performance that's not a typical concert.

On Friday, "Love Letters," a Broadway play by A.R. Gurney will be acted out by movie stars Katharine Ross and Wilford Brimley. Ross starred in films including "The Graduate," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Stepford Wives" and "Shenandoah," and Brimley starred in films including "The China Syndrome," "Cocoon," "The Thing" and "The Firm."

In today's modern age, long-distance dating has become more common through the use of the Internet. With websites like and eHarmony enabling online dating, it's not uncommon for people who live thousands of miles away to be in a relationship. But as we find out from MTV's show "Catfish," the relationship can drastically change when the supposed lovers meet face to face.

Modern technology aside, this scenario is not a new one, and "Love Letters" is one such story. Instead of messages and video chats, the two main characters correspond with letters. While seeming to be very much in love from a distance, every time they actually are together, they can't seem to make it work. The witty one-liners and poignant passages will have you back and forth between tears and laughter.

Also part of All Arts Festival is a free concert at the Yampa River Botanic Park on Thursday with Missed the Boat, and closing out the festival season is Lyle Lovett at the Strings Music Pavilion on Sunday. Be sure to check out the entire All Arts Festival calendar here.

Valerie Powell is the development and administrative assistant at Strings Music Festival. She can be reached at or 970-879-5056, ext. 111.

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