Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Dear Elizabeth

by Sarah Ruhl Running Time: 1 hour, 45 min

September 23, 2015 to
October 18, 2015

Studio Theatre
Directed by Marie Kohler

Featuring Carrie Hitchcock and Norman Moses

Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop were bright, shining stars in the literary world. And from 1947 to 1977, these award-winning poets exchanged more than four hundred letters. Whether vividly recounting the roller coaster nature of their romantic entanglements, affirming their profound affection for each other or describing their daily writing, travels and illnesses, these missives are an intimate and astonishing record of two extraordinary lives.

Ms. Ruhl has crafted a moving, innovative play based on one of the greatest correspondences in literary history.

Sarah Ruhl
Elizabeth Bishop
Carrie Hitchcock
Robert Lowell
Norman Moses

Production Staff
Director Marie Kohler
Scenic Designer Steve Barnes
Costume Designer Andrea Bouck
Lighting Designer Noele Stollmack
Properties Master Nikki Kulas
Sound Designer Joe Cerqua
Stage Manager Judy Martel
<September 2015>
202122237:30 PM (P)247:30 PM (P)258:00 PM (O)264:00 PM8:00 PM
272:00 PM2829301:00 PM (*)17:30 PM (T)28:00 PM34:00 PM8:00 PM
42:00 PM5677:30 PM (V)87:30 PM (T)98:00 PM104:00 PM8:00 PM

T=Talkback: post-show Q&A with actors and director
*=Talk Theatre: pre-show interactive discussion beginning at noon
V=ViewPoints: pre-show presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Talk Theatre

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:00 PM

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 12:00 PM

An opportunity to participate in informal pre-show discussions with MCT's Producing Artistic Director and other show-specific theatre artists.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 6:30 PM

Experience in-depth, pre-show presentations led by engaging guest experts who offer insights into show-related issues and field questions from knowledge-hungry patrons.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 8, 2015 7:30 PM

Thursday, October 15, 2015 7:30 PM

After select Thursday evening performances, you can meet the artists involved in a production, ask questions about the creative process and discuss your theatergoing experience.

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Media Coverage

MCT Romances Friendship and Poetry in Ruhl's DEAR ELIZABETH

Monday, October 5, 2015

by Peggy Sue Dunigan, Broadway World; The romance of letter writing centers Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's Midwest premiere of Dear Elizabeth.

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Two poets’ lives artfully captured in ‘Dear Elizabeth’

Thursday, October 1, 2015

by Julie McHale, Waukesha Freeman; Anchored by a strong script by Sarah Ruhl and stellar performances by Norman Moses and Carrie Hitchcock, the lives of poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop are brought to light in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s second offering of the 2015-16 season.

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The Personal and the Poetical

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

by Selena Milewski, Shepherd Express; Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Dear Elizabeth explores that least understood and most necessary of human relationships, friendship. Sarah Ruhl’s play, adapted from Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, centers on the relationship between two giants of 20th-century American poetry with courage and depth.

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Love (Sort Of) Between Poets

Monday, September 28, 2015

by Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee; More than words in the air are needed – and fortunately delivered – to portray two Pulitzer Prize-winning poets whose correspondence and intellectual bonds fashion the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Dear Elizabeth

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Total Theater review

Monday, September 28, 2015

by Anne Siegel, Total Theater; A carefully selected collection of letters between two of America’s well-known poets opens the fall theater season at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre.

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Poets' letters make sweet rhymes in 'Dear Elizabeth'

Sunday, September 27, 2015

by Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; In the preface to "Dear Elizabeth" — her moving play about the friendship between American poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell — Sarah Ruhl admits that "it's difficult to write about friendship."

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"Dear Elizabeth" is an intellectual win for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Sunday, September 27, 2015

by Dave Begel,; Many days and evenings of live theater ask for an audience to bring both heart and head to the theater in equal measure, ready for everything from tears to fears to gales of laughter.

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'Dear Elizabeth' brings a storied poetic friendship to life at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre

Saturday, September 26, 2015

by Matthew Reddin, Wisconsin Gazette; Dear Reader, Marvelous news! I have just returned from the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of Dear Elizabeth — a play told through the letters of esteemed American poets and friends Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. And it is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

by Trevor Kearns; If one were to look for two poets to represent two strikingly different faces of American poetry in the twentieth century, one could hardly do better than Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. The two faces in question are two aspects of The Poet, that semi-mythical figure of vapors and swoons, the dusk and the dawn, into whose ear the Muses whisper or remain devastatingly silent, when the bottle starts to call instead . . .

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