Dear Elizabeth: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again: A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.4 X 0.4 X 8.0 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Sarah Ruhl's plays include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a Cycle (PEN American Award); Dead Man's Cell Phone (Helen Hayes Award); and Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers' Award, the PEN Center Award for a midcareer playwright, the Feminist Press's Forty Under Forty Award, and the 2010 Lilly Award. She is currently on the faculty at Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family


"Ruhl's gentle treatment of the poems, the way she finds the breathing space between life and art, can't be overpraised. She crystallizes the magic of what is left unsaid and the piercing intimacy of regret in one beguiling passage after another." --Karen D'Souza, San Jose Mercury News

"Ruhl delicately explores, through nothing more than the letters and her own theatrical imagination, the solitude of the artist, the exactitude of the writer's craft, the balance between confession and privacy and, in the end, why poetry matters." --Frank Rizzo, Variety

"Dear Elizabeth mesmerizes in every way. An articulate, imaginative, and moving theatrical experience. . . . uniquely its own engaging creation. In an age of mutilated language and truncated texts, such a play commands every ounce of our attention." --E. Kyle Minor, New Haven Register

"Watching poets, even eminent poets, read and write to each other shouldn't be half as gripping as playwright Sarah Ruhl and director Les Waters make it in Dear Elizabeth." --Robert Hurwitt, SFGate

"Playwright Sarah Ruhl and her director and frequent collaborator Les Waters have re-set the rules and raised the bar for epistolary theatre in their bracing, moving and theatrically exciting production." --Andrew Beck, Hartford Examiner

"Riveting. A moving, funny, and highly theatrical experience." --Joe Meyers, Connecticut Post