Jessica Hecht to star in 'Letters From Max' off Broadway

The new play begins performances with Signature Theatre in February.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Emmy and Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht is set to star in the world-premiere play Letters From Max, the latest play in Signature Theatre's season. Off-Broadway performances run at the Pershing Square Signature Center from February 7 to March 19, with opening night on February 27.

Hecht will star as the show's playwright, Sarah Ruhl, in Letters From Max. She is best known for her Emmy-nominated performance on Netflix's Special alongside roles in Breaking Bad and Friends, in addition to stage credits including A View From the Bridge on Broadway. Later this season, she will star opposite Laura Linney in Summer, 1976 on Broadway.

Additionally, Ben Edelman and Zane Pais will alternate in the role of Max Ritvo in Letters From Max.

Led by director Kate Whoriskey, the play's creative team includes scenic designer Marsha Ginsberg, costume designer Anita Yavich, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, sound designer Sinan Refik Zafar, projection designer S Katy Tucker, and choreographer Warren Adams.

Letters From Max is based on Ruhl's same-named book, which chronicles the letters and poems she exchanged with her former student, the late poet Max Ritvo. The play shows how they became friends and learned and grew from each other, using poetry to express difficult truths.

Check back for information on Letters From Max tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

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