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Patricia Zaido and John Archer to perform benefit at Salem Theatre Company

Posted by Christina Jedra  January 23, 2013 10:00 AM

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John Archer and Patricia Zaido will perform A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters as a benefit for Salem Theatre Company on February 22 & 23.

The following was submitted by The Salem Theatre Company: 

Patricia Zaido and John Archer, North Shore Philanthropists and Arts Advocates are teaming up with director Aimee Oliver to bring A. R. Gurney’s Love Letters to Salem Theatre Company for two performances on February 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. The event is a “Reader’s Theater Benefit” for the Salem Theatre Company. Tickets are $25 and are available online at, and can be reserved by phone to 978-790-8546 or by e-mail to

“This is something that John and I have wanted to do for a while now,” says Patricia Zaido, who will read the role of Melissa Gardner.  “One night at a gathering, it dawned on me that we should do this.  We have been great friends for a long time and we have that history and perspective.  And we are happy to bring it to and hopefully raise some money for STC.” 

Love Letters was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and evolves as two characters read the notes, cards and letters sent to and from each other for almost 50 years.  They discuss the hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.

“I think this is such an interesting play because we can relate at times to both characters,” added John Archer.  “There is some quality of ourselves in both Andrew and Melissa.”  Mr. Archer will read the role of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.

Patricia Zaido, who has received numerous awards for her service to the Arts on the North Shore, is the Executive Director of the Salem Partnership.  She was previously on the faculty of Salem State University where she served as Chair of the Theater Department and as the founding Executive Director of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts.  She has helped to form several arts related organizations including ARTSalem, artsNORTH, and the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore.

John Archer is a native of Beverly and has been active in theatre all his life.  Besides his busy performance life as a pianist, singer and actor, John is well known for his philanthropy and advocacy for historic preservation and non-profits throughout the North Shore.  

Amy Oliver lives in Wenham and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has directed productions for Marblehead Little Theatre, Wharf Rats Productions, Mugford Street Players and Graffiti Theater. 

Love Letters will run Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the STC Theatre.   Tickets are $25 and are available online at, by phone to 978-790-8546 or by e-mail to Salem Theatre Company is located at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem.


The Salem Theatre Company - a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization – was founded in 2002 and enriches the artistic, cultural, and economic life of the greater Salem region through the performance of classic, contemporary, and new works of exceptional theater. The STC hopes to move and inspire, and to build connections with new, diverse audiences and theatre artists through the performing arts and arts education outreach.

Salem Theatre Company’s Tenth Anniversary Season is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and features Yasmina Reza’s Art, Craig Lucas’ Reckless, Conor McPherson’s Shining City, Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker and Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Season Passes represent a 15% discount off regular ticket prices and are available at

The company is led by Artistic Director John Fogle, Managing Director Gary LaParl, and Board President Norene Gachignard. Details about tickets, the theater on Lafayette Street, and Season Ten are at


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