Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

April 26, 2023

PREVIEW: Shakespeare & Company, "Dear Jack, Dear Louise"

Lenox, MA
May 26, 2023 - June 30, 2023

David Gow & Zoya Martin
"Dear Jack, Dear Louise" comes to Shakespeare & Company's outdoors Roman Garden Theatre this summer. 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.

Two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig tells the joyous, heart-warming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II, and the results are anything but expected.

David Gow's (Jack) credits include starring roles in numerous dramas and comedies. At Shakespeare & Company, he’s appeared in "Mothers and Sons," "Waverly Gallery," and last season’s "Measure for Measure".

Zoya Martin (Louise) is making her Shakespeare & Company debut this season. Her theatre credits a variety of plays from different genres, including Shakespeare.

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire. His 32 plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in more than 20 languages and are produced throughout the U.S. every night of the year. 

Ludwig's "Lend Me a Tenor" won two Tony Awards and was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century by The Washington Post. "Crazy For You" was on Broadway for five years and won the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical.

Ariel Bock, a Shakespeare & Company's regular of 20-years, has worked as an actor, director, and voice teacher