Women's Project Theater's DEAR ELIZABETH, With Rotating Cast of Stars, Begins Tonight
Women's Project Theater presents the New York premiere of DEAR ELIZABETH, the inaugural production at the WP's new theatrical home the McGinn/Cazale Theatre, 2162 Broadway (at 76th Street), beginning tonight, October 26, 2015.
Written by two-time Pulitzer Nominee and Tony Nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play) and directed by Kate Whoriskey (Ruined, Sweat), this insightful and impassioned examination of the famed correspondence between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell - two of the twentieth century's most brilliant poets - will be presented from October 26 through December 5, 2015 with six rotating casts of stage and screen luminaries.
DEAR ELIZABETH tells a tale of unconventional friendship and intimacy that spanned thirty years and more than 400 letters, with postmarks from Maine to Key West, from London to South America.
This portrayal of Bishop and Lowell's lives, work, and the true nature of friendship will also be performed by the following luminaries: from October 26 - 31 by WP Theater founding artist, Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk, Obie & Outer Critics Circle Award winner Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America) & Drama Desk nominee Harris Yulin (Hedda Gabler, Diary of Anne Frank); from November 2 - 7 by Obie Award & Drama Desk Award winner J. Smith-Cameron (Juno and the Paycock, Fuddy Meers) & Obie Award winner John Douglas Thompson (Othello, Satchmo at the Waldorf); from November 9 - 14 by "Girls" co-stars Becky Ann Baker and Peter Scolari; from November 16 - 21 by two-time Tony Award winner and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones (Doubt, "24") & David Aaron Baker (Once Upon A Mattress, A Raisin in the Sun); from November 23 - 28 by real-life married couple Ellen McLaughlin (Angels in America) & Grammy winner and Pulitzer finalist Rinde Eckert (Slow Fire, And God Created Great Whales); and from November 30 - December 5 Obie & Lortel Award winner Mia Katigbak (Awake and Sing!). Helen Hayes Nominee Polly Noonan (Dead Man's Cell Phone) will play the "Stage Manager" role for all six weeks.
The DEAR ELIZABETH design team features Set Design by Antje Ellermann (Abigail/1702, Liberty City), Costume Design by Anita Yavich (Venus in Fur, Fool for Love), Lighting Design by Mary Louise Geiger (The Constant Wife, Buffalo Gal), Sound Design by Jill BC Du Boff (Hand to God, Disgraced) & Emily Auciello (Assoc., Of Good Stock) and casting by Kelly Gillespie (Assoc., Manhattan Theatre Club) & David Caparelliotis (Disgraced, It's Only A Play).
Tickets for DEAR ELIZABETH are now on sale via WWW.WPTHEATER.ORG /(212) 765-1706. The performance schedule is as follows: Monday - Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday at 8:00pm and Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm.
CAST PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:
OCTOBER 26 - 31: KATHLEEN CHALFANT & HARRIS YULIN
NOVEMBER 2 - 7: J. SMITH-CAMERON & JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON
NOVEMBER 9 - 14: BECKY ANN BAKER & PETER SCOLARI
NOVEMBER 16 - 21: CHERRY JONES & DAVID AARON BAKER
NOVEMBER 23 - 28: ELLEN MCLAUGHLIN & RINDE ECKERT
NOVEMBER 30 - DEC. 5: MIA KATIGBAK & TO BE ANNOUNCED