World-Premiere Love Story
Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
November 21 – December 29, 2019
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Jackie Maxwell
[Ludwig] is “intelligent and saVvy”
When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heart-warming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.
Dear Jack, Dear Louise is generously sponsored by the Guttman-McCabe family in honor of Fred and Ilse Ruben; ; Daniel Korengold, Martha Dippell and ; and Hubert M. (Hank) Schlosberg.
Dear Jack, Dear Louise runs approximately one hour and 45 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.
Audience Advisory: This production contains simulated explosions, gun fire and atmospheric effects including strobes and haze.
RACHAEL DANIELLE ALBERT
In The News
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DC Metro Theater Arts
Ken Ludwig on Dear Jack, Dear Louise, a long-awaited stage celebration of his parents’ long-distance romance
American Theatre Magazine
Ken Ludwig’s Love Letter to His Pen-Pal Parents
A good old fashioned love story to escape the Washington craziness
DC Life Magazine
Degrassi and Designated Survivor star Jake Epstein offers talent to Arena Stage
USPS - Link
1940s wartime letters inspire world-premiere play
Washington Jewish Weekly
D.C. playwright Ken Ludwig’s love letter to his parents
Photo Flash: Opening Night Photos of Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
A tale of long-distance love: Talking with the actors of Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
MD Theatre Guide
‘A Quick 5’ with Amelia Pedlow, from Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise at Arena Stage
Front Mezz Junkies
Jake Epstein Puts His Voice to Romantic Good Use in Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise at Arena Stage
Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise is an affecting love letter to unlikely romance
Midday on Theater: A Conversation with Playwright Ken Ludwig
Bagels and Broadway with Valerie Smaldone Podcast
Ken Ludwig talks about the world premiere of his new play
At Arena: Ken Ludwig’s Parents-to-Be Correspond
BWW Interview: Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise's Jake Epstein Recreates Another World at Arena Stage
Photo Flash: Take a Look at Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise at Arena Stage
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The king of farce’s new play is inspired by his parents’ love letters
On Tap Magazine
Jake Epstein Talks World Premiere of Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
WJLA-Good Morning Washington
Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise makes world debut at Arena Stage
A Family Legacy Captures a Moment in Time in Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Woman Around Town
Amelia Pedlow Talks Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Photo Flash: Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise Begins Rehearsals At Arena Stage
Jake Epstein, Amelia Pedlow to Star in Ken Ludwig's Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Arena Stage Announces Full Cast And Creative Team For Dear Jack, Dear Louise
Jake Epstein to Star in World Premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise
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Thursday, December 26 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, December 11 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, December 12 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, December 18 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, December 24 at 7:30 p.m.
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