Hosted and curated by Paul Morgan Stetler | Directed by Louis Broome
Running Time: 90 minutes (including an intermission)
From the folks who brought you last year's Father's Day event, Dear Dad, comes With Or Without You, a special Valentine's Day presentation of the Letters Aloud reading series. Join host and curator Paul Morgan Stetler and some of Seattle's most accomplished actors as they explore the many facets of romantic love through intimate and often fiery letters. Featuring the personal correspondance of such luminaries as Ludwig Van Beethoven, Henry Miller, Frida Kahlo, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry VIII, and, of course, Slash from Guns 'n Roses. Featuring Jennifer Lee Taylor, John Patrick Lowrie, Sarah Harlett, and Alex Matthews, and with live musical accompaniment by Robertson Witmer.
Letters Aloud is an exciting new reading series in which intimate, private letters - written by some of history's most famous (and infamous) people - are read aloud in front of a live audience. Each episode focuses on a central theme. Letters are carefully chosen to explore that theme, then handed over to some of Seattle's most accomplished actors - accompanied by live music and a compelling slide show - to read out loud in a theatrical setting. Keep up with Letters Aloud on their website and Facebook page.
Letters Aloud is produced by:
Paul Morgan Stetler
Paul is the creator and curator of Letters Aloud and a co-founder (and former Co-Artistic Director) of Seattle's multi-award winning New Century Theatre Company. A well known Seattle actor, Paul has appeared on numerous local stages over the past 20 years, including ACT Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, Intiman Theatre, and Empty Space Theatre, as well as numerous regional theatres across the country. He holds a BA in English Literature at Cal State Northridge and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Penn State University.
Jamie Herlich is a leader in the local performing arts arena, with a particular focus on organizational and community relationship development. She currently serves as the Director of Individual Gifts at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University. Previous professional experience includes Director of Advancement and Communications at Edmonds Center for the Arts and is a co-founding member New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) where she served as Managing Director until May 2013. She received her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University in 2010.
Louis is a Content Publishing Manager for Microsoft Office whose video credits include the Telly Award-winning series Top Templates, The Office Show, Office Intervention, and Office Casual. Before joining Microsoft, Louis created interstitial content and produced promo spots for KCTS TV. He was the producer and host of an exclusive hour-long interview with best selling author Neil Gaiman, and producer of Henry Mark's City. Louis' play, Texarkana Waltz, premiered in Los Angeles, and has been produced in Seattle, New York, and Oklahoma. He teaches playwrighting at the University of Oklahoma.