130 Center St
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
A benefit performance for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services and the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
Lee Wolf and Jordan Cohen read letters to and from famous and infamous characters from antiquity to today. As the art or letter-writing erodes before our eyes, we risk losing a valuable window on the personal relationships, and private reflections that shape so much of our history.
Consider Agrippina’s plea to her son, Nero, to spare her life; or a young woman’s plaintive entreaty for help from Margaret Sanger to avoid another life-threatening pregnancy; or Eleanor Roosevelt’s sorrowful love letters to Lorena Hitchcock longing for her company.
Well-wrought epistles such as these are priceless reminders of the power of the pen to capture and memorialize key moments in the lives of ordinary and not-so-ordinary people.