Fenimore Art Museum Presents a Dramatic Reading of the PlayDear Elizabeth on February 18
Dramatic Reading: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl
Saturday, February 18, 2023 • 2:00 p.m.
Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY
Admission: Free by donation.
Cooperstown, New York — Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents a dramatic reading of Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again followed by a talkback. The program takes place onSaturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Fenimore’s auditorium. Admission to the play reading is free with a suggested donation.
From playwright Sarah Ruhl, Dear Elizabeth is a moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history–the letters of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. 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. 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. The reading features Danielle and Michael Henrici as Bishop and Lowell.
The play reading is followed by a talkback with Thomas Travisano, the principal editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, upon which Sarah Ruhl’s play is based.
The talkback is moderated by Robert Huddleston, Professor of Writing at NYU.
Dear Elizabeth is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.
Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit FenimoreArt.org.
About Fenimore Art Museum
Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit FenimoreArt.org.