Poetry on Stage: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl
Wednesday, September 18th,
Thursday, September 19th, 7:00 PM
61 West Superior Street
Dear Mr. Lowell, …I just wanted to say that I think it is wonderful you have received the awards…
Dear Miss Bishop, …You are a marvelous writer, and your note was about the only that meant anything to me….
Mary Beth Fisher and Lance Baker star in a staged reading of the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Dear Elizabeth, a play in letters that follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between two of poetry’s greatest literary treasures, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. “Something about these two minds overlapping was incandescent to me,” comments Ruhl, a Wilmette native, MacArthur fellow and acclaimed playwright. Polly Noonan directs.
This exhibition presents photographs and ephemera from the poet Jun Fujita (1888-1963). Fujita is an English-language tanka poet who published regularly in Poetry during the 1920s. The first Japanese-American photojournalist, he is responsible for the most famous photos of the Eastland disaster, the Chicago race riots of 1919, and the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, among others. This show will explore his lesser-known landscapes.