poets on stage

February 15, 2015

Elizabeth Bishop and Robert LowellThe correspondence of poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell is storied and collected. Over the course of 30 years, as they lived separate lives, Bishop and Lowell exchanged hundreds of letters that trace their personal and poetic achievements and struggles as well as the long-unfolding importance of their friendship. (A sampling of Lowell’s letters appeared in The New Yorker in 2004.)

Their letters were published in 2008 as Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The book was reviewed in The New York Times by William Logan
and their correspondence discussed by Peter McDonald in The Guardian.

From that collection, Sarah Ruhl has written a play, “Dear Elizabeth,” which is now on stage at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson calls it “a finely cut gem of a play.” The play continues at the Rep through March 8, 2015.


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