In Their Own Words

In ‘Dear Elizabeth,’ passions of poets come to life on stage

Posted: February 25, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Justin Scheuer is Robert Lowell opposite his real-life wife, Virginia Scheuer, as Elizabeth Bishop in ArkansasStaged’s “Dear Elizabeth.”

When poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell met at a New York City dinner party in 1947, their connection was immediate and long-lasting. Their intimate friendship endured until Lowell's death in 1977 -- a bit astonishing, given that the pair were rarely in the same place at the same time. Instead, the couple exchanged hundreds of letters in the course of their 30-year friendship, a treasure trove of prose that illustrates, in their own poetic words, the depth of their affection for each other. Northwest Arkansas theatergoers will have a chance to hear those words performed on stage tonight in playwright Sarah Ruhl's "Dear Elizabeth," presented by ArkansasStaged at Bentonville's 21c Museum Hotel -- a forum as intimate as the letters themselves.


‘Dear Elizabeth’

WHEN — 7 p.m. Feb. 25

WHERE — 21c Museum Hotel, 200 NE A St., Bentonville

COST — $5 suggested donation


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