In a combined effort, The North Haven Library and Waterman's are excited to bring Dear Elizabeth, a wonderful staged reading of playwright Sarah Ruhl's play to North Haven. Staring actor Josh Hamilton as Robert Lowell, this production comes off the tail of 2015's very successful Elizabeth Bishop Symposium held at Waterman's.
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.
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.
WRITTEN BY SARAH RUHL
DIRECTED BY LILY THORNE