Like many dual-career couples, Scott Bryce and Jodi Stevens lead hectic lives. Their professions — both are actors — complicate things further. They usually work different schedules, in different theaters. When one is rehearsing, the other may be in mid-production. When one is opening a show, the other is closing one down.
But for the next 3 weeks, they’ll work together. And they’ll do it right here in Westport.
The show is “Love Letters” — A.R. Gurney’s evocative, touching yet humorous play about a 50-year love affair carried on primarily through letters.
It debuts at MTC MainStage in Colonial Green this Friday (Feb. 4), and runs weekends through Feb. 20.
Working together — on a play about love, right in their back yard — was serendipitous, says Bryce, a Staples Players (Class of 1975) alum who earned 2 Emmy nominations for “As the World Turns.”
The couple had been onstage only in “On Golden Pond” (Bryce’s mother Dorothy, a noted actress, was in the show too). But when Stevens’ most recent show — she played the female lead in “Dietrich and Chevalier: The Musical” — was closing, they talked casually about the possibility.
A couple of days later, at a Christmas party, Music Theatre of Connecticut MainStage co-founder Kevin Connors mentioned “Love Letters.”
The show is appealing on many levels — including its setting in this area. There are references to local institutions, like I-95 and Silver Hill.
Bryce also welcomes the chance to perform in the small MTC theater. “It’s such an intimate space,” he says. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. It’s really sweet.”
“It’s a beautiful script,” Bryce adds. “What better way to spend Valentine’s month than on stage with my wife?”
And, as Jodi says: “There’s no commute!”
(“Love Letters will be performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., at MTC MainStage Theatre on the lower level of Colonial Green. For tickets, click here or call 203-454-3883. Each performance is followed by a wine and cheese receptions, where the audience can meet the actors and production team.)