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Letters From Max, a ritual ()

Produced by

Necessary Angel Theatre Company

Playwright: Sarah Ruhl
Director: Alan Dilworth


The Theatre Centre – Franco Boni Theatre


November 10th, 2023 – December 3rd, 2023


The Canadian Premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s new play, Letters From Max, a ritual an adaptation of her award-winning 2018 book. This New York Times Critic’s Pick brings to life the profound connection and friendship between playwright and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl, and her student, poet Max Ritvo.

Letters From Max, a ritual chronicles Ruhl’s and Ritvo’s epistolary journey together. Their correspondence sparks with humour, urgency, and humanity in the face of the return of Ritvo’s Ewing sarcoma, a rare form of paediatric cancer. (


Maev Beaty Sarah
Jesse LaVercombe Max

Creative Team

Sarah Ruhl Playwright
Alan Dilworth Director
Michelle Tracey Set Designer
Michelle Tracey Costume Designer
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Debashis Sinha Sound Designer
Monica Dottor Choreographer


Aurora Judge Set, Props & Costume Design Assistant
Rick Banville Technical Director
Rick Banville Production Manager
Scarlett Larry Stage Manager
Aidan Shepherd House Technician
Yoan Holder House Technician