Fulton Community Theatre offers ‘Hate Mail’ for Valentine’s Day

Fulton Community Theatre will present the Central New York debut of “Hate Mail,” an unromantic, romantic comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky, this month.

The play, which opens FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 23 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the matinee Sunday, Feb. 17 is at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

“Hate Mail” tells the caustically funny of Preston Dennis, Jr., a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia Markle, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job and then there’s no turning back.

The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love and then right back again. In between, the lines of battle and love are drawn that include broken snow globes, cross-country sales trips, millennial religious cults, stolen jeeps, and dead lizards sent through the mail.

FCT’s production features the talents of Jim Uva as Preston and Kasey McHale as Dahlia. It is being directed by William Edward White, FCT’s artistic director.

The comedy was written by Corbett and Obolensky in 2004, partly as a parody of A.R. Gurney’s epistolary play “Love Letters,” but primarily as a correspondence between two writers, each writing in character – Corbett as Preston and Obolensky as Dahlia.

“Hate Mail” is produced by special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. The play contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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