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Archives in action: Yale papers breathe life into theatric role

Hovered around a table in the Manuscripts and Archives Room of Sterling Memorial Library, alumni Julian Fleisher and Stephanie Hayes and their cast mates listened intently as fellow actor Kristen Sieh read aloud an original, handwritten letter penned by Carson McCullers — the tormented character Sieh portrayed in “February House,” which recently premiered at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre.

Fleisher ’88 and Hayes ’11 DRA never imagined they would encounter the “ghosts” of the characters they were portraying in the new musical. According to Fleisher, “It’s just the thing that many actors dream of.”

Fleisher played editor George Davis and Hayes starred as Erica Mann in “February House,” a musical depicting the lives and loves of a commune of iconic writers in a Brooklyn brownstone during the 1940s.

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