Last night I went to see “Love Letters”, Gate Theatre’s latest production. The play was directed by Stephan Tuner. Jiim and Joyce Matchett played Andy and Melissa.
It was a long play, about two hours. The actors sat at desks reading their letters to each other from childhood until Melissa’s death. The set was therefore static with no movement around the stage. Despte this, the play was both humourous and moving. Although they lived apart and married separately, their love for each ther was poignantly revealed in the last moments of the play.
Another enjoyable successful Gate Theatre production.
Jim was born in Belfast, N. Ireland. After a 26 year career as Disc Jockey, Singer and Band Leader in London, his first foray into acting, was as the character, Speed, in The Odd Couple. At The Gate Theater, he is the Show Announcer for all shows. He has also served in various capacities including box office attendant and scenic artist for The Gin Game.
He was Mick, the bartender, in The Dodo Bird, which played for audiences in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
He joins the cast of The Laramie Project this coming October.
Joyce was born and schooled in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first connection with theater was at the age of around 7 when she put on a play about Cowboys and Indians and charged the neighboring kids a penny to see it. As an adult, her artistic side developed through writing children stories,which she called, Grandma Stories
, as she sailed around the Mediterranean for 3 years.
Later, while living in Oaxaca, Mexico and being surrounded by known artists, she was inspired to try painting. Her medium is in oils and to this day, she continues to enjoy painting.
She is thankful for being a part of TGTG. Acting in The Gin Game
, Driving Miss Daisy,
and in Blithe Spirit
this past January, has enhanced her life here in Chiang Mai. She brings back her acting as well as her stage management skills for the upcoming production of The Laramie Project.