DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE
directed by Michael Perlman
June 25 – September 4, 2021
Performances in Seime Park
Boxes start at $60 and can accommodate 1-4 people
This performance runs approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes with one 10 minute intermission
Falling in love at a distance…
Although nearly 3,000 miles apart, when US Army doctor Jack Ludwig begins writing aspiring actress Louise Rabiner, sparks fly. This engaging and heartwarming comedy tells a story of how connection and relationships unfold while a world apart. Based on the story of his parents’ courtship during WWII, Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Leading Ladies, Moon Over Buffalo, Lend Me a Tenor) explores love, isolation, and hope over great distance.
This production contains descriptions of war and violence, some mild language, and a love story that ends happily.
Please see CRT’s complete list of Content Advisories and Trigger Warnings for additional information.
CRT in the Park FAQ
Do I have to wear a mask at performances? Masks are not required.
Are chairs provided? Patrons will need to bring their own chair or blanket.
Can I bring my dogs to the performance? We all love our furry friends, but they can’t come to the show!
Where is Seime Park? Seime Park is located at 130 Bee McClure Drive, across the street from Sunnyside Chapel and the Mineral County Cemetery. It is a 2 minute drive from town, or a steep 10 minute walk up the dirt path from Loma and 2nd Street (walking map here).
Where do I park? Parking is available all around Sunnyside Chapel. When you arrive at the Park, turn left on Helfin Lane and take the first available parking spot. CRT will have a parking attendant on duty at each performance to guide you.
Are there restrooms? There are portable restrooms adjacent to the park for patron use.
What’s the weather like up there? Please dress accordingly (layers for sun, wind, and maybe light rain!), wear sunscreen and bug spray, bring a poncho, and wear comfy shoes. It can get chilly after sunset, so bring a blanket or jacket.
What happens if there is inclement weather? As they say, if you don’t like the weather in Colorado, wait 5 minutes! Decisions on whether to cancel for inclement weather usually are not made until curtain time. Performances will proceed in rain or shine unless weather conditions become threatening to performers or the audience. If we are forced to “pause” mid- performance for weather we may ask patrons to return to their vehicles until it is safe to proceed, at which time we will ring the bell of the Sunnyside Chapel to ask you to return to your seats. If a performance is cancelled due to weather a member of the CRT Patron Services Team will contact you to exchange your ticket for any future CRT in the Park performance or offer an account credit.
Will concessions be available? CRT will be selling water, soda, and snacks at every performance. Alcoholic beverages will be available every Friday. You are also welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy at the Park. Check out our local restaurants for delicious TO GO options, and remember to properly dispose of all food waste.
Will there be any indoor shows in 2021? All CRT shows will be outdoors this summer. We expect to be back indoors in 2022.
More questions? Heidi, CRT’s Patron Services Manager, has some helpful advice in this short video!
Please read CRT’s COVID-19 Safety Protocols prior to attending any CRT in the Park performance. Many factors went into crafting these rules – your health and safety, and that of our staff and artists, was of the utmost importance. These protocols may change as summer goes on. Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate new territory together!
ASL interpreted Performance
ASL interpreters are located near the stage. Patrons utilizing the service will be seated in an area of the Park that gives the best sight lines to follow the interpretation and the action on stage. One signed performance will be offered for each CRT in the Park performance.
The signed performance for DEAR JACK, DEAR LOUISE will be July 24, 2021 at 7:00PM.
To access reserved seating in view of the interpreters for a signed performance email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the box office at (719) 658-2540 (voice).
CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
Scenic & Properties Design
Juan Carlos Contreras*
* Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Members of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
When my grandparents passed away about fifteen years ago, we found letters that they had written to each other during their courtship, during which time my grandfather was in Tel Aviv and my grandmother was in Vienna. From April 1935 thru July 1936, when my grandmother finally made the journey to join him, they shared stories of their lives, their hopes, their fears. They talked about food. They broke up a few times. My grandmother visited his mother often so that she could give updates. And they waited impatiently to receive the next letters.
I was struck when I read these letters how utterly familiar they felt. Granted, online dating is faster, but we wait as eagerly for a text when we see those three little dots flashing as my grandmother did when she would run to the postal box every day to see if a letter had arrived. The method had changed, but the desire for love and connection is a constant.
I first encountered Ken Ludwig’s funny and poignant Dear Jack, Dear Louise in December of 2019 and was reminded of these letters and of the special gift my family has of being able to read them and connect to them these many years later. After the past year and a half, however, what was a wistful and lovely story of two people overcoming the obstacles of distance to touch one another with their words has taken on richer and deeper meaning. We all have overcome so many obstacles this year as we’ve reached out to one another to remind ourselves that the most important thing in our lives are our relationships with those around us. How thrilling it is to get to connect tonight by sharing this space and this story.