First Look at the Musical NOTES & LETTERS World Premiere at Underscore Theater Company

Underscore Theater Company celebrates its tenth anniversary season with the world premiere of Notes & Letters featuring a book, music and lyrics by Annabelle Lee Revak (she/her), based on letters that the great-great- Revak’s grandfather, Joe Loula, sent to his family when he immigrated to Chicago from Eastern Europe. Originally slated for Spring 2020, the musical is directed by Leah Geis (she/they), with musical direction by Anna Wegener (she/her) and choreography by Ebrin R. Stanley (he/him). Notes & Letters will play through 28, 2022 at the Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago.

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Tickets are currently available at Victorygardens.org, by calling (773) 871-3000 or in person at the Biograph Theater Box Office, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. The press opening is Thursday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.

The cast includes Katy Campbell (she/her), Caitlin Dobbins (she/her), Sam Martin (he/him) and Michael Mejia (they/them). The stunt doubles include Aaron Reese Boseman (He/Him), Nate Hall (He/Him), Jamie Redwood (She/She), and Jasmine Robertson (She/She).

Notes & Letters follows Joe’s journey from war-torn Prague to Williams Piano Shop in Chicago in 1917. He quickly befriends owner Charlie, his girlfriend Nora, and composer Olivia. The foursome become inseparable – until World War I hits corporate America, relationships and lives are tested. Based on a true story and a contemporary jazz score, four young people struggle to make choices in total chaos.

The production team includes Rebekah Clark (stage design, they/her), Christina Leinicke (costume design, her/him), Benjamin Carne (lighting design, he/her), Timothy McNulty (sound design, he/she /him), Kathryn Healy (props design, her/him), Aaron Jamieson Roberts (playwright, he/him), Lauren Peters (production manager, she/she), Ben Lipinski (technical director, he/she) and Abby Teel (stage manager, she/her).