Past event

Letters Live New York

Date:
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.

 

 

ACT ONE

 

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

WE ARE BARELY HANGING ON

Julie Scagell to her son’s recorder

 

Louise Brealey

I’m amputating you

Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera

 

Common

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

 

 

ACT TWO

 

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

 

Common

My Dungeon Shook

James Baldwin to his nephew

 

 

MUSIC

 

Real Life

Joan as Police Woman

 

Wing

Patti Smith

 

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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