80 Minutes Around the World: Immigration Stories
Curated and produced by Nestor Gomez
Celebrated storyteller and 25-time Moth Slam winner Nestor Gomez has assembled a group of local performers to help illuminate the voices of immigrants in our city.
Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Laura Biagi & Anne Purky
Written and performed by Laura Biagi
Self-Love is an autobiographical piece about loneliness and belonging. Weaving text, movement and music, Self-Love is a journey from hurt to healing.
Originally from Siena, Italy, Laura Biagi is a performance artist and educator whose focus is on storytelling as a healing art. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. at New York University, with a dissertation on the Southern Italian healing ritual of tarantismo. While in New York, Dr. Biagi performed at LaMama Theatre, Judson Church, New York University, and the Gallery at Deep Listening Space. In Chicago, Dr. Biagi launched the course Healing Narratives, in collaboration with Chicago’s Cook Country Jail and the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program, and has performed her piece The High Priestess as part of Collaboraction’s PEACEBOOK Festival and Chicago Ideas Week. Her 2018 TEDx Talk, Reimagine Failure: Breathe, Belong, Believe, addresses the importance of personal narratives for one’s definition of success, a theme that she also explores in Self-Love.
My Michelin Guide to Psych Wards
Written and performed by Anne Purky
Directed by Jimmy Carrane
A woman’s journey from Northwestern to the best and worst psych wards. Anne meets overmedicated zombies who will never go home (in the filthy dark wards) and rich north shore housewives placed there by husbands for crying too much (in the bright and cheery ones). Anne describes giving up everything to finally be taken care of — and also for an unlimited supply of Ativan to silence the demons in her head.
Anne Purky is a renegade mom of an astonishing differently abled daughter now in college! She is active in politics, disability rights, and advocates for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. She studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute and has jumped into the storytelling scene performing at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth be Told, Beast Women, Ragdale, Story Lab and others.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (Heartland)
A personal narrative story performance workshop hosted at the Goodman Theatre and in senior centers around Chicago.
-January 19th show: Stories of Music and Memory
Directed by Tara Mallen
Featuring Kelly O’Connell, Pat Stanczykiewicz, Sandy Janowski, Pat Crowe, Barb Duncan, Doris Kozlowski, and Peggy Damrau
– January 26th show: Chicago and All That Jazz
Directed by Deb Lewis
Featuring Nancy Lerman, Barbara McBee, Ruth LaSure, Jerry Proffitt, Denise McIntosh, Shirley Fastner, and Connie Shirakawa
– February 2nd show: Directed by Willa Taylor
Featuring Sandi Lynn, Muteeat Lawal, Joycella Omerey, Carol House, Dhamana Shauri,
and Talle Laosebikan
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. (Heartland)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m. (Heartland)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4:00 p.m. (Heartland)
A Boy and a Diva
Written and performed by Archy Jamjun
Directed by Stephanie Rogers
Singer: Shannon Wright
A boy gets through the dramas of growing up with the help of his favorite divas.
Archy Jamjun started writing and storytelling when he moved back to Chicago in 2002 after graduating from the University of Illinois. As part of the gay writing group Newtown Fiction Writers, he came up under the wings of his storytelling mother, Cookie Crumbles. In 2014 he won the 47th Annual Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest, and in 2015 and 2018 he won the Moth Grand Slam. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus and his story “Pretty” will be published by Barrel House in 2019.
Friday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Friday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
An all-female comedy showcase that provides an intimate night of comedy dedicated to showcasing talented and hilarious female-identified performers by creating inclusive and positive environments. Artists are encouraged to express their comic point of view in unique and non-apologetic ways – proving that women are equal in the eyes of comedy.
Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Of Magical Thinking: The Hinges of the World
Written and performed by Kristina Lebedeva
Produced by Josh Zagoren
Music by Angelo Badalamenti and Ramin Djawadi
Kristina Lebedeva addresses the question of magical thinking, loosely defined as the fantasy of reversing time or changing what cannot be changed in order to cope with a particularly traumatic event. Centered on a devastating personal loss, Kristina explores the darker implications of this phantasmatic thinking and the questions, “What is the price of magical thinking?” and “What happens if it ever meets reality?” This is a story that will make you hurt, make you think, and make you soar.
Kristina Lebedeva moved to The United States from Russia in 2000 to earn a doctorate in philosophy. As her academic work continues to explore the intersections of ethics, trauma, social justice, and disability, Kristina’s fiction and autobiographical essays address such themes as mourning, violence, suffering, survival, and memory. Kristina is currently working as a language instructor, splitting her free time between writing, theater, and digital art.
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
The Lifeline Storytelling Project
Written and performed by Katie Cassidy (Lifeline Development Manager), Jay Lenn (Lifeline board member), Lisbeth Maxwell(Lifeline board member), Darren Meyers (Lifeline artist), Kyle Mundil-Dye (Lifeline artist and former intern), Betsy Vandercook(Lifeline subscriber), and Emily Wills (Lifeline artist, front-of-house staffer, and former intern)
Directed by Dorothy Milne
The Lifeline Storytelling Project produces live music and storytelling events designed to develop and showcase artists affiliated with Lifeline Theatre.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Before #MeToo began empowering women, there was Loose Chicks. Loose Chicks is a collection of courageous women who share experiences that most women keep to themselves. Each show features six exceptional writers and performers who allow themselves to be vulnerable as they share with uncommon honesty.
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. (Heartland)
The Malt Liquor Diaries
Written and performed by Earliana McLaurin
Directed by Shelby Marie Edwards
Stories developed in collaboration with 2nd Story
So many choices, so many beers to help make those choices. The Malt Liquor Diaries stands as a collection of short stories chronicling how love, alcohol, and family play a role in one woman’s relationship with her father and herself. Beers will be drunk, laughs will be had, and maybe a tear or two will be shed.
After writing short stories for over 10 years, Earliana is beyond grateful to finally bring this world premiere to Fillet of Solo! Earliana (Earl) is a Chicago-based actor, writer, director, and teaching artist, and a company member with 2nd Story Chicago. Earliana is a graduate of Truman State University and the University of Missouri.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
I want a Banana and Other Desperate Love Stories
Written and performed by Roberta Miles
Directed by Richard Norby
Roberta Miles takes us through some of her most far-out romantic escapades. As Scott Hill, from Chicago Stage Review put it, “Roberta Miles is not some trampy broad bragging about her many exploits; she is an articulate libido and a beguiling conscience. I laughed, I winced, I shook my head, and I laughed again.”
Roberta Miles is a jazz singer, poet, writer, and visual artist. She’s known for her edgy, no-holds-barred autobiographical monologues. When she is not ranting obsessively about her romantic escapades or worrying about her hair, she delves into her quest for mental and physical health. And she does it all with brutally hilarious candor. In addition to her own performing, she is co-creator and co-producer of the long-running show Loose Chicks, and is producer of the popular, off-beat, variety show Cafe Cabaret.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
This is All Fine
Written and performed by Janki Mody
Directed by Marissa McKown
Infertility. Miscarriage. The well-meaning comments of friends and family. Janki illuminates the hurdles and isolation that many women experience in pursuit of the dream to grow a family.
Janki Mody is a teacher, writer, performer, and the mother of two very energetic boys with long eyelashes. She is a women’s health, infertility, and pregnancy loss advocate.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Heartland)
Friday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. (Heartland)
OUTspoken! is comprised of storytellers who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer recalling true personal events. Stories are often funny, heartfelt, and sometimes historically significant. The audience will get a window into the lives of a variety of human experiences that will connect on an emotional level regardless of sexual identity.
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Serving the Sentence
Different storytellers take the same first sentence — each in their own direction. At the end of the show, a new sentence is drawn that the next show’s storytellers will embark from!
Friday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
A 23-year-old Asian-American comedy group, based in Chicago and performing at Second City, iO, Annoyance, Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre, and at festivals all over the country. Stir-Friday Night! alumni include Danny Pudi from Community, and Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead. Stir-Friday Night! is a nonprofit theater company, specializing in sketch comedy and improvisation, and offers touring shows and workshops for schools, companies, and organizations.
Written & Performed by: Dacey Arashiba, Erica Geiser, Steve Han, & Scott Hanada
Directed by: Sophiyaa Nayar
Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m. (Heartland)
Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:00 p.m. (Heartland)
The Stoop is hosted by Moth GrandSLAM champion Lily Be. Featured storytellers are given a theme and each share a short story related to that theme. The Stoop is a platform to bring Chicagoans to a better understanding of each other and to inspire change. Performing regularly at Rosa’s Lounge in Humboldt Park, it is as much about community and survival as it is about entertainment.
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Heartland)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. (Heartland)
Sullivan High School
Stories of life in Rogers Park, written and performed (and musically underscored) by students from Sullivan High School. With the support of Rogers Park Builders Group, Lifeline Theatre has been teaching drama and storytelling at our closest neighborhood high school for the past two years.
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
With 26 years of shared history, the Sweat Girls represent the greying edge of Chicago’s Live Lit community. Known for their “contagious gusto” the Sweat Girls have been called “the undisputed tribal elders” of the solo performance scene (Chicago Reader, 2014).
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 4:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m. (Lifeline)
Caroline Andres, Dorothy Milne, Clare Nolan, Martie Sanders (all shows)
Cindy Hanson (Feb 2 only)
Pamela Webster (Jan 19 and Feb 2 only)
Tellin’ Tales Theatre
Tellin’ Tales Theatre shatters the barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through personal story — adult solo performances as well as “Six Stories Up,” a mentoring program and show featuring kids and adults, with and without disabilities.
Tekki Lomnicki is a solo performer, playwright, director, and educator. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Artists Award in Theater and the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance.
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. (Lifeline)
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (Lifeline)