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Published on September 13, 2017 12:51PM

The lost art of letter writing will make a dramatic comeback this Friday, Sept. 15, as the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts unveils its new show, “Roses in December.”

In a story that unfolds through letters, a young official in a college alumni office invites a celebrated but reclusive author to the 35th reunion of his class. When he declines, she charmingly prods him, and thereby begins a witty and revelatory written correspondence that becomes part mystery, part memory and part romance.

Directed by Joni Sauer-Folger, a longtime TAPA director and actor, the play features a two-person cast of fellow TAPA veterans. Anita O’Hagan, who has been cast in a number of different roles, from snarky wife to a flighty housekeeper, plays Carolyn Meyers, the woman tasked with inviting famous alumni back for weekend reunions. Bill Farnum plays reclusive author Joel Gordon. Farnum has been seen in numerous TAPA productions, including the musical “Dames at Sea,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Sherlock’s Secret Life.”

“Roses in December” opens on Friday, Sept. 15, with a Gala Celebration, and runs through September 30, with 7 pm performances every Friday and Saturday and 2 pm matinées each Sunday.

All performances take place at the Barn Community Playhouse, located at 1204 Ivy Street on the corner of 12th and Ivy, adjacent to Les Schwab Tires.

Tickets, $15 for adults or $10 for kids aged 12 and under, are available at Diamond Art Jewelers, 503-842-7940.

For more information, email info@tillamooktheater.com.

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