THE LETTERS

by John W. Lowell

Directed by Janine Sternlieb

Read by John Craven and Tara Howley

The Letters is Lowell’s most frequently performed work. Exploring themes of censorship, torture, office politics, “…the playwright has said that an inspiration for his play was the impeachment… of President Bill Clinton. The government’s intrusion into private lives infuriated Lowell. In 2004, the U.S.’s torture of prisoners and later, Edward Snowden’s revelations, continued to fuel the subtext of political commentary in the drama. The Letters explores how governments manipulate the truth and use fear and mistrust as psychological controls.”

The play is a fictional account of the efforts by the Soviets to censor and suppress the private papers of composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.