Labor of Love: Mary Beth Evans (Katherine) and Stephen Nichols (Stefan) recently took to the stage for a benefit performance of Love Letters. The performance raised money for a cause dear to both actors: The Aliso Academy for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a Montessori school in Southern California, founded in part by Evan’s sister, Deborah.
GH’s Stephen and MaryBeth took a cue from former DAYS-mate Richard Biggs.
“Hearing impaired children are mainstreamed there with hearing kids, which has wonderful benefits for all the children,” enthuses the actress. “There’s an instructor who teaches sign language, as well as another teacher who teaches those who can hear simultaneously. It’s not like a deaf child is off to one room. Instead, it makes for a normal school environment.”
Love Letters, which follows a couple’s love story from grade school though adulthood, was directed by Babylon 5’s Richard Biggs (ex-Marcus, Days), who is hard of hearing. “He’s a friend. It was fun to get back together with him,” smiles Evans.
ichols and Evans first became involved in raising funds for the deaf when they portrayed Patch and Kayla on Days. (As fans may remember, Kayla lost her hearing from an explosion caused by the Riverfront Knifer.) “We had a person come