ELIZABETH MARVEL & BILL CAMP IN SARAH RUHL’S
NOV. 19TH AT THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE AT THE POLONSKY SHAKESPEARE CENTER. Press Release HERE
TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE! $35.00 (students $15.00)
The reading features stellar actors Elizabeth Marvel (The Meyerowitz Stories, Homeland, Other Desert Cities) and Bill Camp (The Night Of, Love & Mercy, The Crucible) and will be directed by Jonathan Mann at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn.
href=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dear-elizabeth-read-by-elizabeth-marvel-and-bill-camp-tickets-39341989951#tickets”>HERE — Watch Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp introduce the event below:
The event will raise funds for the Library and, as most of you know, we’ve been grappling with severe financial challenges after a 7-month emergency closure. This benefit could not come at a better time! (see note from Library Director)
Through Dear Elizabeth the furtive, creative minds and private lives of Pulitzer Prize-winning 20th Century poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop come to sparkling life. Cultivated through 400 letters over a 30-year span (1947-1977), Bishop and Lowell’s warm yet distant friendship amidst extraordinary and troubled lives was chronicled through these letters, in Words in Air (2007).
After Sarah Ruhl became engrossed with the trove, the Pulitzer-finalist and Tony-nominated playwright was inspired to write Dear Elizabeth, which she constructed using only Bishop and Lowell’s revealing letters and riveting poetry.
Dear Elizabeth premiered at The Women’s Project in 2015, garnering outstanding reviews.
“HAUNTING and TARTLY FUNNY… DEAR ELIZABETH is a RARE GIFT!” – The New York Times
“Deeply touching. RADIANT. Heartbreaking.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“… one of THE MOST MOVING and FASCINATING theater pieces I’ve experienced in a very long time.” – The Epoch Times
Like Marvel and Camp, the reading’s director Jonathan Mann also studied theater at Juilliard. Mann has produced on Broadway (A Time To Kill) and directed readings at Circle in the Square where he developed and managed a number of special projects. In earlier years Mann was a performer, appearing on Broadway and at regional theaters.
Henry Miller grew up in Williamsburg, and Henry Miller Memorial Library’s director Magnus Torén appreciates the synergies at play.
“Henry would surely be pleased to see this brilliant collaboration spanning his bi-coastal homes of Brooklyn and Big Sur. The Library is honored to partner with Jonathan Mann, Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp in presenting Ms. Ruhl’s fascinating work, at such an intimate and gorgeous theatre – and all for a good cause!” said Torén. (The evenings program will open with a song performed by Torén)
Photo by Terry Way at Henry Miller Library film night.