The good news is that our founder, adapter, composer, and executive producer, Anthony Roberts, has welcomed a healthy baby daughter into his family. The bad news is that now with two young children at home, well, diapers are getting the better of him.
Letters/X is taking a hiatus from our usual production schedule in 2015.
Don’t worry, though. We’re not breaking up with our loyal Letters/X fans. We’ll be back. In the meantime, keep breaking hearts, keep those breakup submissions coming, and keep an eye on this site and our Facebook and YouTube pages for more news and maybe even a new song or two.
Yours in hilarious heartbreak,
Catch us on WBEZ / Chicago Public Radio’s The Morning Shift! Tune in to 91.5FM on Valentine’s morning between 8:50 and 10:00, or listen at WBEZ.org.
It will be hard to recognize these people when they hit the boards for the first time tonight as we open Letters/X 2014. They have brought innumerable characters to life, and I know this will be a show to remember.
Erica Weiss is thrilled to helm Letters/X 2014! She is a freelance director and also the proud Associate Artistic Director of Chicago’s Route 66 Theatre Company.
Erica is the director and co-creator of the hit world-premiere production of A Twist of Water, and made her off-Broadway debut directing the play’s New York premiere at 59E59 Theaters. Along with playwright Caitlin Parrish, she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work for A Twist of Water. For Route 66’s 2014 Season at The Greenhouse Theater Center, Erica will direct the Chicago Premiere of Cicada by Jerre Dye and the world premiere of The Downpour by Caitlin Parrish. She will also co-direct her first feature film.
As a freelance director, recent projects include Making Noise Quietly with Steep Theatre Company, Vigils with The Gift Theatre, and the world premiere of Mahal with Bailiwick Chicago. She served as Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines on Timon of Athens and the Chicago Premiere of Elizabeth Rex at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Erica is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she earned her degree in theatre studies with an emphasis on directing and new play development.
If you have any old (or not-so-old) letters, emails, text messages, voicemails, or sky-writing messages from or to your ex, now is the time to share! We’re collecting material for our 11th show, which will open in early February. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise to change names and any identifying details for the protection of the innocent (and the guilty, for that matter).
10 YEARS OF HEARTBREAK…
Closing tonight. What a year:
-3 new ensemble members
-10 years for Anthony Roberts
-8 years for Jessica Jane Childs
-5 years for Matty Zaradich
-3 years for Stephanie Clark
-1 AWESOME performance on WBEZ!
-100s of pleased audience members…
Without you, our dear lovelies, that explore this depth of heartbreak each year with us and are brave enough to laugh your asses off, it’s all for nothing.
It’s that time again: time for LETTERS/X to close! If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, we highly recommend doing so in advance… closing weekend WILL sell out!
Call (773) 935-6100 to grab your seat for the final weekend of Chicago’s favorite stab at love– Letters/X!
LETTERS/X RETURNS THURSDAY!
Do you have your tickets yet? Well, better hurry… cause this weekend is headed to SOLD OUT quickly!
DON’T MISS THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!
Purchase tickets today before they sell out! Call Apollo Theater’s box office at (773) 935-6100.
Letters/X runs Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., through March 2.
Wow! Letters/X™ is so pleased to announce we’ll be LIVE with Tony Sarabia on WBEZ’s The Morning Shift this Wednesday, February 13, between 8:50 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Tune in 91.5 FM to hear the ensemble perform live… and a special interview with our adaptor and compser Anthony Roberts!
Tickets are now on sale for the tenth anniversary year of Letters/X™!
Call the Apollo Theater box office at 773.935.6100 to purchase your ticket in advance, and take advantage of the $12 rate.
Letters/X™ runs Thursdays – Saturdays, January 31 – March 2, at 8 p.m.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day…
Our annual performance of Chicago’s original anti-Valentine’s Day cabaret is the P E R F E C T alternative to boring “romantic” dinners and crappy fake “champagne”. Take your sweet honey-bunny love-dove to LETTERS/X instead — plan ahead for Thursday, February 14 because tickets WILL sell out!
With less than 30 days until the opening of the tenth year of Letters/X™, we’re getting super excited.
Have you made your plans yet to join us for opening night? Call the Apollo Theater box office at (773) 935-6100 and get your tickets for Thursday, January 31!
In its 10th year of production, Letters/X™ seeks to cast three actors in its annual cabaret. Actors should be adept with at least one musical instrument and should be comfortable, confident singers. Casting is entirely blind with regards to gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other signifier– all are welcome to audition!
Auditions take place Thursday, December 6 at 7 p.m. Actors should prepare the following for this audition:
- 16-32 bars a cappella of a song that demonstrates their greatest singing ability
- 90-120 seconds of a song with a string or horn instrument that demonstrates their greatest playing ability (for example: guitar, ukulele, trumpet, saxophone, violin, etc
- A side from previous Letters/X™ productions, which will be emailed to actors upon confirmation of their audition slot, along with other details of the audition
Actors must submit for an audition slot no later than Tuesday, December 4, at 5 p.m. Submit resumes and headshots to Matthew Zaradich, director, at email@example.com. Please type “LETTERS/X AUDITION” in subject line.
Letters/X™ plays at The Apollo Studio Theater. The show opens January 31 and closes March 2, with rehearsals throughout January. There is some pay.