Auditions:

Auditions were held in January 2021.

Cast:

For the March 26, 27, and 28th performances:

  Heather Plank as ELIZABETH BISHOP
  Tom Flatt as ROBERT LOWELL

For the April 2nd and 3rd performances:

  Jocelyn Steiner as ELIZABETH BISHOP          
  Kevin Walker as ROBERT LOWELL

Synopsis:

The play Dear Elizabeth is drawn from one of the greatest correspondences in literary history between two of the 20th century’s most brilliant American poetsElizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell.  Sarah Ruhl adapts more than 400 published letters spanning decades, continents and political eras, tells the tale of an unconventional friendship and intimacy both platonic and romantic, and brings it all to life on the stage. This moving, innovative play starts in 1947, ends in 1977 and describes a love that resists easy definition. 

Rehearsal and performance:

Rehearsals will be held on Zoom. They will begin the week of January 18. Rehearsals through January and much of February will be 2-3 times per week – specific days and times to be determined when actors’ conflicts are known. Toward the end of February and until March 12, rehearsals will increase to 3-4 times per week if needed. Again, specific days and times to be determined when actors’ conflicts are known. The week-end of March 13, rehearsals will move into the theatre at the Vienna Community Center. The show will be recorded at the Vienna Community Center the week-end of March 20. It will be aired online as follows:
Friday and Saturday – March 26 and 27, April 2 and 3 evenings at 7:30
Sunday matinee – March 28 at 2:00
Saturday matinee – April 3 at 2:00
The Vienna Theatre Company will follow all COVID guidelines established by the Town of Vienna and the Commonwealth of Virginia that are in force at the time that rehearsals move into the Community Center.
Click here to download an audition form.

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