'Meanwhile There are Letters' by Declan Hughes

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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 7:30pm

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  • UCSB Studio Theater

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Directed by Risa Brainin

LAUNCH PAD in association with The Margaret Millar Charitable Trust presents Meanwhile There are Letters by Declan Hughes, based on the book Meanwhile There are Letters: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and Ross MacDonald edited and with an introduction by Suzanne Marrs and Tom Nolan.  

In the middle of their lives, two of America’s greatest writers, Eudora Welty and Ross Macdonald, embarked on a friendship conducted largely through letters that blossomed into a devoted love affair. Using these letters as a starting point, Meanwhile There Are Letters charts the course of this fascinating relationship between two brilliant, lonely people in the middle of their lives whose great fortune it was to find each other.

Declan Hughes is a novelist and playwright. He co-founded Dublin's Rough Magic Theatre Company and was joint artistic director for ten years. He has worked as writer in association at the Abbey Theatre. His plays include I Can't Get StartedDigging For FireNew MorningTwenty GrandShiver and The Last Summer.

His first novel, The Wrong Kind of Blood won the Shamus Award for Best First novel and the Le Point magazine prize for best European crime novel. He has written five other novels, including The Colour of BloodAll The Dead Voices and City of Lost Girls.

Declan is currently Arts Council writer-in-residence at University College, Dublin.


Declan Hughes' residency is sponsored by John and Jill Bishop.

Please visit this page for more information about the other plays in our 2017 Summer Reading Series!

This program is supported by the UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural and Enrichment Grant.