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Dear Elizabeth

arranged by Sarah Ruhl


Dear Elizabeth

Written by Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell
Arranged by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Les Waters
Main Season | Roda Theatre
May 24–July 7, 2013
West Coast Premiere

The play

Sarah Ruhl and Les Waters, acclaimed collaborators who created Eurydice, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) and Three Sisters, return to Berkeley Rep with another tale of love and longing. Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Across oceans and continents, across three decades, these esteemed poets found a true marriage of minds in their eloquent correspondence. Dubbed the Dickinson and Whitman of the 20th century, they traded hundreds of vibrant, witty and passionate letters that now spring to life on stage. This West Coast premiere paints an intimate portrait of two extraordinary—and quite ordinary—lives, told anew by two of the finest artists of our time.