UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), Fuel and Uninvited Guests present Love Letters at Home, a cleverly conceived virtual performance involving audience participation. The at-home edition of Love Letters Straight From Your Heart will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at 2 p.m. PDT, on Zoom. Tickets are free but require advance registration on Eventbrite.
Love Letters at Home is an intimate participatory event where the audience and performers offer dedications and declarations of love, past and present. Each production is collaboratively authored with audience members, who temporarily become a community of close friends across the virtual performance. Before the show, people who book tickets are invited to send in music requests and to write dedications to those they love or care about, and these are then worked into the event.
Since the actors only speak the words written from submissions, each performance is exclusive to the present participants, featuring their memories, their current and past loves and their emotions laid bare for everyone to witness, acknowledge and support. Love Letters shifts between theater and reality — dedications are spoken, toasts are made, speeches are given, songs are sung and dances danced.
This virtual performance is part of the now touring Love Letters at Home. CAP UCLA will be a “stop” on the international tour live via Zoom with an audience of up to 90 participants (45 pairs). A joyful, open-hearted show, Love Letters at Home will help people feel connected at a time when many are isolated and missing their loved ones.
Love Letters Straight From Your Heart premiered in 2007 and was presented at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to great critical acclaim, including a five-star review in the Guardian. Since then, the show has toured steadily around Great Britain to more than 30 venues, including with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and at the Fierce Festival.