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‘Dear Elizabeth’ at The Smith Opera House
July 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until July 23, 2021
In recent months The Smith Opera House has re-opened its doors to welcome audiences for film, music, dance, and history tours. On July 22 & 23 at 7:30, live theatre returns to the stage with the play ‘Dear Elizabeth’ by Sarah Ruhl produced by Missing Marquee Theatre as a benefit for The Smith.
‘Dear Elizabeth’ by Sarah Ruhl resurrects the 35-year friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, two iconic American poets. Known for her soaring theatrical style, Ruhl evocatively captures the waves of love, grief, struggle, and compassion that indelibly marked this enduring friendship. ‘Dear Elizabeth’ offers a glimpse into Bishop and Lowell’s intense friendship over the years, woven together through their letters and poetry. ‘Dear Elizabeth’ runs for only two performances, Thursday July 22 & Friday July 23 at 7:30. Doors open at 7:00. The production runs approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for students (College and K-12), additional fees apply. All proceeds to benefit The Smith. The seating will be general admission, first-come, first-serve, and all attendees are required to adhere to The Smith’s latest COVID-19 policies and protocols. Concessions will be available for purchase during the performance. Dear Elizabeth is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://thesmith.org or call The Smith (315-781-5483).
‘Dear Elizabeth’ marks The Smith’s return to live theatre, produced by many of the same artists who have brought Celebrate The Smith: An Immersive Theatre Event (to mark the 125th anniversary of the opera house) and Finger Lakes Photo/Plays to Geneva audiences over the last several years. Missing Marquee Theatre brings this epistolary friendship to life under the direction of Ingrid Keenan and with original sound design by Kelly Walker. Karen Goulet stage manages. Bishop and Lowell are portrayed by Chris Woodworth and Charles King.