LOVE LETTERS is an online audio visual production of 10 mini-episodes featuring the letters exchanged between famous lovers who could not meet inspired by the COVID-19 crisis lockdown in Spring 2020.
Conceived and Directed by Anastasia Revi
Produced by Theatre Lab Company
1 June – 3 August 2020
Episode 1: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera
A volcanic lover story. Passion – art – infidelity- tempest.
Episode 2: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald
1920s America, the Jazz Age golden couple: romance, writing, alcohol, poverty, madness.
Episode 3: Oscar Wilde and Alfred Douglas
Aesthetics, passion, elegance… and a scandalous love story of the 1890s.
Episode 4: Lucrezia Borgia and Pietro Bembo
Italy 1503. Eros – desire – secrets – between a duchess and a poet, and ‘the most beautiful letters between lovers’ (Lord Byron).
Episode 5: Virginia Woolf, Leonard Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
The author, her husband and her mistress … three people desperately in love… ‘Love-making—after 25 years can’t bear to be separate … you see it is enormous pleasure being wanted: a wife. And our marriage so complete’ (Virginia Wolf)
Episode 6: Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya
Speak Low (When You Speak Love)… A love story in pre-war Germany between a famous composer and an extravagant Austrian actress.
Episode 7: Anton Chekhov and Olga Knipper
A love story between Russia’s greatest playwright and his muse, the leading actress of the Moscow Art Theatre.
Episode 8: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir
Paris, liberty, Café de Flore, existentialism, feminism. A different love story without possession.
Episode 9: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
The Hollywood superstar and the baseball star… love, fragility and the gold dust of fame. A cinematic love story that didn’t last.
Episode 10: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
The love story of an iconic Hollywood couple: glamorous, glittering and flamboyant on and off screen.