Enjoy Sarah Ruhl’s beloved play, Dear Elizabeth, with a rotating cast of Affiliate Artists. A Dark Week Project will present only three staged readings on the Mainstage, while the theater is ‘dark,’ a technical theater term to signify that the theater itself is in a transition week between the regularly scheduled Mainstage Season Productions.
Dear Elizabeth is a moving and innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history. From 1947 to 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and daily illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they had for each other, these missives are the most intimate record available of both poets and one of the greatest correspondences in American literature.
The playwright Sarah Ruhl fell in love with these letters and set herself an unusual challenge: to turn this thirty-year exchange into a stage play, and to bring to life the friendship of two writers who were rarely even in the same country. As innovative as it is moving, Dear Elizabeth gives voice to a conversation that lived mostly in writing, illuminating some of the finest poems of the twentieth century and the minds that produced them.