SALEM THEATRE will present the World Premiere production of Letters from War written, directed and designed by Nate Bertone. Performances will take place at Salem Theatre’s black box theatre at 90 Lafayette Street from May 14th-23rd, 2015. Letters from War is a musical tale of love, loss and the strength of family.

Nate Bertone, a Salem native, returns from NYC to Salem Theatre to produce this premiere production of his new musical play. Nate, a storyteller by nature, works as a professional Scenic Designer in the industry, and writes beginning in a visually oriented nature. Letters from War was written in response to the affects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandmother and his family, utilizing images, memories, and stories from the past and present.

Letters from War tells the story of Mae, a Mississippian grandmother in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, who must move into a nursing home when her adult daughter, Lily, can no longer care for her. Mae’s granddaughter, Madison, uncovers a mysterious box of letters while cleaning out the home. As Mae reads these letters, she recalls her lost love in fragmented, clouded memories. With the help of Lily, Madison, and a young stranger, Mae must fight the effects of age and Alzheimer’s to uncover the truth of her past before time runs out, in a musical tale of love, loss, and the strength of family.

Letters from War was originally workshopped at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.

Letters from War will have a preview performance May 14th, 2015 @ 7:30pm with opening night the following night, Thursday, May 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm. It runs through Saturday, May 23 on Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.salemtheatre.com . Specific performance will include a talkback with the playwright and actors.

 

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