Rotating Cast, Including Cherry Jones and Kathleen Chalfant, Will Be Part of Sarah Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth

News   Rotating Cast, Including Cherry Jones and Kathleen Chalfant, Will Be Part of Sarah Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth
Women's Project Theatre has announced casting for the Off-Broadway premiere of Dear Elizabeth, Sarah Ruhl's two-hander, pieced together from the real-life letters of acclaimed poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Among the line-up of the rotating cast are two-time Tony winner Cherry Jones, Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant and Obie winner John Douglas Thompson.
Cherry Jones
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Helmed by Kate Whoriskey, performances of Dear Elizabeth will begin Oct. 26 and run through Dec. 5. The story follows the unconventional friendship and love shared between prize-winning poets Bishop and Lowell, who corresponded by mail for more than 30 years (and some 400 letters).

The full rotating cast and schedule follow: from Oct. 26 – 31 will be Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America) and Drama Desk nominee Harris Yulin (Hedda Gabler, Diary of Anne Frank); from Nov. 2 – 7 will be Obie Award and Drama Desk Award winner J. Smith-Cameron (Juno and the Paycock) and Thompson (Othello, Satchmo at the Waldorf); from Nov. 16 – 21 will be Jones (Doubt, "24") and David Aaron Baker (Once Upon A Mattress, A Raisin in the Sun); from Nov. 23 – 28 will be real-life married couple Ellen McLaughlin (Angels in America) and Grammy winner and Pulitzer finalist Rinde Eckert (Slow Fire, And God Created Great Whales); and from Nov. 30 – Dec. 5 will be Obie winner Mia Katigbak (Awake and Sing!).

Polly Noonan (Dead Man’s Cell Phone) will play the Stage Manager role for all six weeks. Additional casting to be announced shortly.

The creative team features set design by Antje Ellermann, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff and Emily Auciello and casting by Kelly Gillespie and David Caparelliotis.

Dear Elizabeth kicks off the Women's Project Theater's inaugural season at its new artistic home: the McGinn/Cazale Theater, located at 2162 Broadway, at 76th St. in New York. WPT was founded in 1978 to develop, produce and promote the work of women theatre artists. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or phone (212) 765-1706.

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