Sarah Ruhl and Elizabeth Metzger come together for a reading and celebration of Max Ritvo's legacy. Ruhl is the author of Letters from Max: A Book of Friendship, co-written with Ritvo, and Metzger is Ritvo's literary executor and worked with him on the poems that became part of his second collection, The Final Voicemails, edited by Louise Glück.
Sarah Ruhl’s plays include In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Tony Award nominee), The Clean House (Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); Passion Play, a cycle; Dead Man’s Cell Phone (winner of the Helen Hayes Award); and, most recently, Stage Kiss and Dear Elizabeth. She has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a midcareer playwright. Her collection of essays 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. She is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Elizabeth Metzger is the author of The Spirit Papers (University of Massachusetts Press, 2017), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry. Her poems and essays have recently appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Boston Review, and Guernica. Elizabeth is the poetry editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal. She is Max Ritvo’s literary executor.