Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre has extended its world premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Letters From Max, a ritual, which will now play through March 26. The production opened February 27. Read reviews here. Kate Whoriskey is at the helm.
The work is adapted from a 2018 epistolary book Letters from Max: A, a Teacher, a Friendship, written by Ruhl and her former student, the late poet Max Ritvo. In the book Ritvo openly discusses terminal illness and tests poetry’s capacity to put to words what otherwise feels ineffable. The play flows between full-hearted letters, poetry, music, and dialogue.
The cast features Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge, Breaking Bad) as Sarah with Ben Edelman (Admissions, The Gett) and Zane Pais (The Perplexed, Sunday) alternating in the role of Max. Pais played the role opening night.
The production also has scenic design by Marsha Ginsberg, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Amith Chandrashaker, sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar, projection design by S Katy Tucker, choreography by Warren Adams, props supervision by Joshua Larrinaya-Yocom, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting. Shelley Miles is the production stage manager.