Past event

Letters Live New York

16 May 2024

Letters Live made a highly anticipated return to The Town Hall in Midtown, Manhattan on 16th May 2024 to once again enchant New Yorkers with its remarkable blend of emotion, storytelling, and a touch of mystery.


Each Letters Live performance is unique, offering audiences a one-of-a-kind experience filled with unexpected moments and evocative tales. The performers’ identities will remain a closely-guarded secret until the moment they take to the stage. Check out our line up for this very special evening below.


This show was in association with Montblanc and supported Choose Love and its vital work with refugees and displaced people around the world.





Peter Dinklage

The bee flies anyway

Spalding Gray to New York City


Sarah Cooper

God’s Law

An adoring fan (J. Kent Ashcraft) to Dr. Laura Schlessinger


Christian Slater

Federal Agent at Large

Elvis Presley to Richard Nixon


Ira Glass

Did we learn anything from Watergate?

Ben Bradlee to students


Patti Smith

The most beautiful work of all

Patti Smith to Robert Mapplethorpe


Dagmara Domińczyk


Julie Scagell to her son’s recorder


Louise Brealey

I’m amputating you

Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera



The dearest daughter a man could have

Cary Grant to his daughter


Maria Popova

Dear One

Rachel Carson to Dorothy Freeman


Lili Taylor

Know that you are loved

Dorothy Freeman to Rachel Carson





Sarah Cooper

Give women their names

Tabitha King to the media


Maria Popova

And now I must dress to receive the planets, dear

Willa Cather to Edith Lewis


Peter Dinklage

Regarding your dam complaint

Stephen Tvedten to David Price


Louise Brealey &
Lili Taylor

Let’s be mortal

Heather Havrilesky to a reader


Dagmara Domińczyk

Stop writing letters to the top poets in America

Anne Sexton to an aspiring poet


Christian Slater

The battle isn’t over, it’s just begun

Aaron Sorkin to his daughter and her mother


Dagmara Dominczyk,
Lili Taylor.
Louise Brealey &
Sarah Cooper

Dear Michael

Various women to Michael Block



My Dungeon Shook

James Baldwin to his nephew





Real Life

Joan as Police Woman



Patti Smith






An adoring fan to Dr. Laura Schlessinger, © J Kent Ashcraft; James Baldwin to His nephew, © The Estate of James Baldwin; Ben Bradlee to Students, © Sally Quinn; Rachel Carson to Dorothy Freeman, Rachel Carson to Dorothy Freeman © 1995 Roger Allen Christie. Used by permission of Yake Literary Management LLC; Dorothy Freeman to Rachel Carson, © the Estate of Dorothy Freeman; Cary Grant to Jennifer, © the Estate of Cary Grant; Spalding Gray to New York City, © the estate of Spalding Gray; Heather Havrilesky to a reader, from Heather Havrilesky, How to Be a Person in the World: Ask Polly’s Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, (2016), © Heather Havrilesky; Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera, © 2024 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Tabitha King to the media, © Tabitha King; Elvis Presley to Richard Nixon, © the Estate of Elvis Presley, by permission of Authentic Brands; Harvey Rowe to Scott Williams, © Harvey Rowe; Julie Scagell to her son’s recorder, © Julie Scagill; Anne Sexton to An Aspiring Poet, by permission of SLL/Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Copyright © by Linda Gray Sexton; Patti Smith to Robert Mapplethorpe, © Patti Smith; Aaron Sorkin to His daughters, © Aaron Sorkin 2016; Stephen Tvedten to David Price, © Stephen Tvedten