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Compiling over 800 pages of letters between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, Sarah Ruhl maps their complex relationship and reveals the beauty and chaos that comes from words on a page.
“Asking you is the ‘might have been’ for me, the one towering change, the other life that might have been had. But I am sure it is the will of the heavens that all is as it is.” Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell were two of America’s most brilliant poets. Throughout their lifetime, they wrote over 800 pages of letters to eachother, spanning decades, continents, political eras and tumultuous periods in their own lives. Their connection was messy and profound, platonic yet romantic, intense and intangible. A love that resists easy definition. These are their words – 400 letters, compiled and compressed by award-winning playwright, Sarah Ruhl.
Staged in the Assembly Rooms Theatre
When Timofeev uses a time machine to send his apartment block superintendent Ivan back to the time of Ivan the Terrible, they discover an uncanny resemblance. They accidentally swap places and when the time machine breaks, they get stranded…
Can Timofeev fix the time machine before the Soviet police arrest Ivan the Terrible? Can superintendent Ivan masquerade as Tsar for long enough not to get beheaded as an impostor? Only time will tell!