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The 17th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival
January 3-19, 2014

Celebrating the breadth of Chicagoís enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to bring 10 solo performers and 13 storytelling collectives together for a three-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

The 2014 solo performance and storytelling festival features the work of:

Plus: solo performances by Liz Baudler, Jamie Black, Eve Brownstone, Katherine Chronis, Marsha Estell, Kim Morris, Andrew Reilly, Amanda Rountree, Penelope Walker, and Eric Warner.

And: storytelling panels and workshops led by Amanda Delheimer Dimond and Julie Ganey from 2nd Story, and Deanna Moffitt and Story Sessions alums.

Performance times (January 3-19) are Fridays at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm; and Saturdays at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm; and Sundays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm (see the complete Schedule below).

Unless otherwise noted, each performance runs approximately 50 minutes in length.

Performances are at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre (free parking and shuttle available; see Performance Venues below for more details).

Tickets are only $10 for each performance, and Festival Passes are available for only $30, which allow admission to any number of performances. Tickets may be purchased from the Lifeline Theatre box office (773.761.4477) or online.

Buy Festival Passes here!

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Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood Avenue

Heartland Studio Theatre
7016 N. Glenwood Avenue

Both venues are located in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, steps from the Morse Red Line CTA stop. Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatres (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the shows. Street parking is also available.

For all performances, call the Lifeline Theatre box office for tickets (773.761.4477) or click here.

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WEEK ONE: January 3-5
Friday, January 3
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — the kates
9:00pm — Stir-Friday Night!
Heartland Studio Theatre
8:00pm — Jamie Black
10:00pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
Saturday, January 4
Lifeline Theatre
5:00pm — 2nd Story: Julie Ganey
7:00pm — Story Club
9:00pm — Write Club
Heartland Studio Theatre
6:00pm — Baudler, Brownstone, Chronis & Rountree
8:00pm — Penelope Walker
10:00pm — Marsha Estell
Sunday, January 5
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
6:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
Heartland Studio Theatre
5:00pm — Eric Warner
7:00pm — Kim Morris & Andrew Reilly

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WEEK TWO: January 10-12
Friday, January 10
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Write Club
9:00pm — Stir-Friday Night!
Heartland Studio Theatre
8:00pm — Eric Warner
10:00pm — enSOLO
Saturday, January 11
Lifeline Theatre
5:00pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
7:00pm — Story Sessions
9:00pm — Sweat Girls
Heartland Studio Theatre
6:00pm — Jamie Black
8:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
10:00pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
Sunday, January 12
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — "What's your story?" Workshop (4-7pm)
Heartland Studio Theatre
5:00pm — Baudler, Brownstone, Chronis & Rountree
7:00pm — The BYOB Story Hour

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WEEK THREE: January 17-19
Friday, January 17
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — "Friends with Words: Building Creativity and Community Through Storytelling" Panel (7-8pm)
9:00pm — the kates
Heartland Studio Theatre
8:00pm — Kim Morris & Andrew Reilly
10:00pm — enSOLO
Saturday, January 18
Lifeline Theatre
5:00pm — Story Club
7:00pm — Story Lab
9:00pm — Write Club
Heartland Studio Theatre
6:00pm — 2nd Story: Nick Ward
8:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
10:00pm — Marsha Estell
Sunday, January 19
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
6:00pm — Sweat Girls
Heartland Studio Theatre
5:00pm — Penelope Walker
7:00pm — The BYOB Story Hour

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2nd Story
Love Thy Neighbor... till it hurts
Written and performed by Julie Ganey
Directed by Megan Shuchman

Julie Ganey, theatre and storytelling veteran, and longtime resident of Rogers Park, asks, "What does it mean to be a good neighbor in one of the most diverse communities in the country?" A tenacious look at how we misunderstand, mistake and misjudge each other - and choose to live together anyway.

Saturday, January 4, 5:00pm (Lifeline)
The Backyard
Written and performed by Nick Ward
Directed by Jessica Kadish

Nick Ward is a writer, storyteller, producer, production manager, casting person, and very occasional actor who has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Theatre Seven of Chicago, Sinnerman Theatre Ensemble, PineBox Theatre, and PR Casting. He has been a company member with 2nd Story since 2006.

Saturday, January 18, 6:00pm (Heartland)
What's Your Story? Workshop

What's your story? (You know you have one.) 2nd Story's Amanda Delheimer Dimond and Julie Ganey offer a storytelling and solo performance workshop open to the public. Explore digging into your own experiences, what makes a great story, finding your voice and crafting your real-life piece for an audience, all in 2nd Story's uniquely collaborative style. Grab your journal and join in the fun.

Workshop Date
Sunday, January 12, 4:00-7:00pm (Lifeline)
Baudler, Brownstone, Chronis & Rountree
Virgo: The Screenplay
Written and performed by Liz Baudler
Directed by Katherine Chronis

Liz Baudler is a Chicago writer who is likely at this point more famous for being a lesbian than a writer. Nevertheless, her writing appears in Newcity, Hair Trigger, and Feathertale. Her piece deals with her indoctrination into the sinister lesbian cult. Thanks to Katherine Chronis and Kat Kidwell for all their love and support.

Saturday, January 4, 6:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 12, 5:00pm (Heartland)
What's It Like Being a Twin?
Written and performed by Eve Brownstone

What's It Like Being a Twin? is an exploration of identical twindom. I got answers!!

Saturday, January 4, 6:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 12, 5:00pm (Heartland)
The Dookie Award
Written and performed by Katherine Chronis
Directed by Liz Baudler, Katie Bender & Nancy Vankanegan
Violin by Katie Bender

greek-american artist. maker of scrolls, small book series, poet, muse, dancer, writer: bodies of multimedia works, scapegoat unlimited, mother of all wars, get naked project. "i got a lot of stories."

Saturday, January 4, 6:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 12, 5:00pm (Heartland)
Other Times and Places
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree

A tale of loss, coincidence, and gratitude.

Saturday, January 4, 6:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 12, 5:00pm (Heartland)
Jamie Black
It's My Penis and I'll Cry If I Want To
Written and performed by Jamie Black
Directed by Geoffrey Bleeker

"Iím a guy. Sometimes I listen to Madonna. Sometimes I cry. So what? Stop judging me! Itís My Penis and Iíll Cry If I Want To talks about men and women who donít necessarily behave the way society says they should. Like me!"

Friday, January 3, 8:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 11, 6:00pm (Heartland)
The BYOB Story Hour
The BYOB Story Hour is an intimate night of storytelling and live music. Once a month, six of Chicagoís best storytellers take the stage to share personal narratives based on that monthís theme. In addition to hearing some incredible stories, you will also get to see a live musical performance by local Chicago musicians. The event is normally BYOB (hence the name) but we are sure it will still be a night of laughter, tears, and music!

Sunday, January 12, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 19, 7:00pm (Heartland)
An ensemble of solo performers who write together and perform alone. A little bit of non-fiction, story telling, and performance art with no 4th wall. Everything biographical. enSOLO strives to find universal truth through specificity and brutal honesty.

Friday, January 10, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 17, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Marsha Estell
Big Butt Girls and Other Fantasies/The Remix!
Written and performed by Marsha Estell

Trapped by varicose veins, hot flashes and that "middle-aged middle," Marty longs for her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, where all she cared about was listening to James Brown, dancing with her father and developing into a "Brick-House!" Using humorous flashbacks and music, Big Butt Girls takes us along on a hilarious and touching ride with Marty as she uncovers true beauty and the meaning of self love.

Saturday, January 4, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 18, 10:00pm (Heartland)
the kates
An all-female comedy group that encompasses the distinct voices of up-and-coming Chicago performers. The kates provide an intimate night of comedy with pieces ranging from darkly amusing musical numbers, the awkward art of clowning, absurd solo performances, and uproarious stand up comedy.

Friday, January 3, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 17, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
The Lifeline Storytelling Project
The Lifeline Storytelling Project produces monthly live music and storytelling events designed to develop and showcase young artists affiliated with Lifeline Theatre.

Friday, January 3, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 11, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Kim Morris & Andrew Reilly
Birth. School. Work. Rock. Heartbreak. Taxes. Death. As the sure things fall through and what seemed so real has all faded away, a young woman is left to search for answers, while a young man is stuck trying to understand the questions.

Sunday, January 5, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 17, 8:00pm (Heartland)
Stir-Friday Night!
Whitewash Rinse Repeat
Directed by Anneliese Toft
Written and performed by James Kannookadan, Kannan Arumugam, Dacey Arashiba, Gilbert Galon, Christina Seo, Melissa Kong, Avery Lee

"We are Asian. We do comedy." Based in Chicago and one of the nationís premier Asian-American sketch comedy troupes. Having worked with The Second City and iO, Stir Friday Night has become a fixture in Chicagoís illustrious comedy scene.

Friday, January 3, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 10, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
Story Club
Story Club is like Fight Club, only they tell stories instead of punching each other and everyone talks about it. Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theatre.

Saturday, January 4, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 18, 5:00pm (Lifeline)
Story Lab
Story Lab Chicago is a storytelling series that has put over 200 new or first-time tellers on stage. Everyone has a story, and everyone, regardless of experience or background, is encouraged to tell it.

Saturday, January 18, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Story Sessions
Story Sessions is a collection of performers sharing true personal stories that tug at your heart strings, tickle your funny bone and take your mind on a wild adventure.

Saturday, January 11, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Friends with Words: Building Creativity and Community Through Storytelling Panel

Story Sessions host Deanna Moffitt will sit down with some of the show's alum to talk about why they love the art form, what drives their craft and what makes their stories unique. We'll also uncover great tips on how to start your own story and what to do with once you're ready to share your tale with others.

Panel Date
Friday, January 17, 7:00-8:00pm (Lifeline)
Sweat Girls
The Sweat Girls speak with honesty, authenticity and humor about the human condition as theyíve experienced it. They have been writing and performing storytelling shows in Chicago for over 20 years.

Sunday, January 5, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 11, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 19, 6:00pm (Lifeline)
Eric Warner
A Life in Tending
Written and performed by Eric Warner

A few years ago Eric Warner broke into the abandoned Purple Hotel, just to explore. 'Cause he's always been curious about it. Not because he is a hoodlum. Inside the hotel he found his grandma's house. 'A Life in Tending' is a multimedia monologue; a tour through a decrepit Chicago landmark, a story about how our identities can be tied to a place, and what changes when that place deteriorates or vanishes.

Sunday, January 5, 5:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 10, 8:00pm (Heartland)
Tellin' Tales Theatre
Tellin' Tales Theatre builds community through 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, January 11, 5:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 19, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Penelope Walker
How I Jack Master Funked The Sugar In My Kneecaps!
Written and performed by Penelope Walker
Directed by Marsha Estell

From dance recitals, to dance halls; from high blood sugars to no count prophecies! Come cut a rug with Penelope as she takes you on this no holds barred, fantastical journey of house music & diabetes!

Saturday, January 4, 8:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 19, 5:00pm (Heartland)
Write Club
2 opposing writers. 2 opposing ideas. 7 minutes apiece. The audience picks a winner. Write Club is bare knuckled lit. Write Club is literature as blood sport. Write Club does good without being annoying about it. Write Club features a rotating lineup of Chicagoís most audacious and fearsome writer/performers.

Saturday, January 4, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 10, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 18, 9:00pm (Lifeline)
You're Being Ridiculous
A group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. They laugh at themselves and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell -- whatís yours?

Sunday, January 5, 6:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 11, 8:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 18, 8:00pm (Heartland)

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