Letters Aloud has been delighting audiences with thought-provoking, relevant, hopeful, and humorous stories told through the real voices of real people via their personal correspondence. Whether hilarious or heartfelt, these letters showcase humanity’s ability to find hope, meaning, and laughter, especially when times are tough. A Letters Aloud evening is the perfect inspiration and antidote for our challenging times.
The Road to Fame
~letters about fame from the famous~
Sometimes, being famous is all about hard work. And sometimes, it’s an accident. In either case, fame teaches you things—about yourself, about hard work, about enjoyment, about pride, and about your impact on the world and others. From humble beginnings to adoring fans to looking back on achievements and lessons learned, we chart the course of celebrity through the correspondence of luminaries like Stephen King, Andy Warhol (of course!), Elvis Presley, Emily Dickinson, Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe, and Tom Hanks. Get a new perspective on fame from the famous in our most popular show!
All Our Best
~perseverance in times of struggle~
Featuring the voices of real people throughout history, the letter writers in ALL OUR BEST tell us of their experiences in times of pandemics and civil rights activism. Most importantly, they tell us how to find hope, meaning–and humor–when times are particularly tough. ALL OUR BEST is the perfect show to experience during these challenging times! (Also available livestreamed.)
~letters to and from famous fathers~
Over 25 personal letters written to or from well-known dads, including Jackson Pollock, Dave Brubeck, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry James, W.E.B. Du Bois, Oscar Wilde— and a very young John F. Kennedy, Jr. It’s not all just about asking for a raise in your allowance! These intimate letters will surprise with their tenderness and humor, and give a special look into the extraordinarily important relationship between fathers and their kids.
Love Me or Leave Me
~letters of loving, longing, and leaving~
Take a trip from the romantically sublime to the pathetically ridiculous! From awkward courtship to horrible breakups to loves of a lifetime and lifetimes of love, we’ve got it all in these letters that range from steamy to sweet. Hear from the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a nice kid who grew up to be Slash. Reality TV’s got nothing on us!
From the Front
~letters of service and sacrifice~
Veteran’s Day / Memorial Day / Armed Forces Day / July 4th / Flag Day
We honor our country’s servicemen and women by presenting their powerful perspectives and heartfelt thoughts via the letters to and from the people they care about. Accounts from the first days of boot camp to the grim realities of the front line will bring the battlefields of our past—and in some cases our present—to life. From a minuteman of the Revolutionary War to a medic in Afghanistan giving a first hand account of a random act of kindness; from Sergeant Elvis Aaron Presley’s message to his obsessed fans to a heartbreaking “Dear John” to a soldier in Vietnam, you’ll get perspectives both private and public about the act of serving and the price of sacrifice. Great for educational settings and outreach!
Thanks, But No Thanks
~The Greatest Rejection Letters Ever~
The road to success is paved with rejection and, boy oh boy, have we got the letters to prove it. Among the dozens of gems in this program; Andy Warhol is asked to pick up his painting at the front desk before it is hauled away and a young Sidney Poitier tries to borrow $100 from President Franklin Roosevelt (he said no.)
Middle School Program
Be the Change
~writing a letter can change the world~
BE THE CHANGE is a live assembly program that brings to life over a dozen letters written by young people to their heroes throughout history, the responses they received, and their powerful impact on society.
An inspiring addition to any ELA, Social Studies, History or Humanities curriculum, BE THE CHANGE is a powerful reminder that writing one single letter can change the world.
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