Third Avenue Playhouse welcomes TAP favorites Claire Morkin and Alan Kopischke to the cast of Dear Elizabeth for a staged reading of the play by Sarah Ruhl on Feb. 17 at 7:30 pm.
Dear Elizabeth makes up the second in a series of eight evenings celebrating playwriting as part of TAP’s annual Winter Play Reading Festival, Feb. 15 – 26.
First produced at Yale Repertory Theatre in November of 2012, Dear Elizabeth has had subsequent performances at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Women’s Project Theater in New York City. TAP’s reading of Dear Elizabeth is directed by Paulette Laufer.
The poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were great friends, writing over 800 pages of letters to one other. According to the playwright’s website, the idea for drawing the letters together as part of a play came to Ruhl when she was on bed rest, pregnant with twins. A friend gave Ruhl a book of the two poets’ letters to each other. She was hooked. She relates, “I already had a long-standing obsession with Elizabeth Bishop; my obsession with Lowell and their friendship now began. I could not put the letters down. I hungered to hear them read aloud; I particularly longed to hear letter number 157 read out loud. Number 157 is Lowell’s most confessional letter to Bishop, and I think, one of the most beautiful love letters ever written.”
Take in a new play every day from Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26. Readings take place at 7:30 pm from Thursday through Saturday and at 2 pm on Sunday. Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. For more information visit thirdavenueplayhouse.com.