Upper Jay Art Center / Recovery Lounge Event Information:
Play Reading-Dear Elizabeth (A play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again) by Sarah Ruhl
Between 1947 and 1977, Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop exchanged more than four hundred letters. Describing the writing of their poems, their travel and illnesses, the pyrotechnics of their romantic relationships, and the profound affection they held 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.
Cast- Dorian Gossy and Howard Runyon