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Celebrating the breadth of Chicago’s enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline Theatre and Live Bait Theater are thrilled to bring 16 storytelling collectives and numerous solo performers together for a three-week, multi-venue selection of powerful personal stories.

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The 2015 solo performance and storytelling festival features the work of:

Plus: solo performances by Rose Abdoo, Stephen Bastien, and Kim Morris; plus stories by new groups West Side Stories (curated/directed by Sharon Evans), Five from Rogers Park (curated by Dorothy Milne), and the Off-Campus Writers Workshop; and a storytelling panel discussion led by Story Sessions alums.

DATES & TIMES
Performance times are Fridays at 7, 8:30 (Lifeline and Heartland), and 10 p.m. (Heartland only); Saturdays at 4, 5:30, 7, 8:30, and 10 p.m. (Lifeline and Heartland); and Sundays at 4 and 5:30 p.m. (Lifeline and Heartland). (see the complete Schedule below).

Unless otherwise noted, each performance runs approximately 60 minutes in length.

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

TICKETS
Tickets are only $10 for each performance, and Festival Passes are available for only $50, 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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FREE KICK-OFF EVENT: DISOUNTED PASSES FOR SALE!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
7:00 p.m
Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse Avenue

Live Lit (n): A fast-growing genre of live performance that involves a microphone, a story and an audience, typically performed in a bar or bookstore.

Chicago’s Live Lit scene is a rapidly-growing community of people who gather to tell and listen to stories. While storytelling as an art form dates back to ancient times, the current evolution of the form has recently exploded in popularity. On any given night in Chicago, you can find a place to listen to stories as an audience member or to test out your work as a writer-performer.

At the Fillet of Solo Kick-Off Night, join host Don Hall and producers/storytellers from The Moth, Write Club, The Stoop, Chicago Slam Works, Tellin' Tales, Sweat Girls, and Guts & Glory for an evening of performance and conversation. Learn about the form, the history of the Fillet of Solo Festival, and details on Chicago's many storytelling nights from the people who make them happen, and hear stories of different styles interspersed throughout.

Discounted Passes: Fillet of Solo Festival Passes will be offered at a special discounted rate of only $25 at the event (regularly $50).

Admission is free, no reservations required. Contact the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477 for more information.

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PERFORMANCE VENUES

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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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE: January 9-11
Friday, January 9
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — Stir-Friday Night!
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — GayCo
8:30pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
10:00pm — enSolo
Saturday, January 10
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
5:30pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
7:00pm — the kates
8:30pm — Story Sessions
10:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Stephen Bastien
5:30pm — BYOB Story Hour
7:00pm — The Stoop
8:30pm — Chicago Slam Works
10:00pm — The God, SEX & Death Variety Hour
Sunday, January 11
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — OUTspoken
5:30pm — Five from Rogers Park
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — West Side Stories
5:30pm — Kim Morris

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WEEK TWO: January 16-18
Friday, January 16
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — the kates
8:30pm — Stir-Friday Night!
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — GayCo
8:30pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
10:00pm — enSolo
Saturday, January 17
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
5:30pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — Story Sessions
10:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Stephen Bastien
5:30pm — BYOB Story Hour
7:00pm — The Stoop
8:30pm — Chicago Slam Works
10:00pm — The God, SEX & Death Variety Hour
Sunday, January 18
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — OUTspoken
5:30pm — Rose Abdoo
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Off-Campus Writers Workshop
5:30pm — Kim Morris

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WEEK THREE: January 23-25
Friday, January 23
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Rose Abdoo
8:30pm — Stir-Friday Night!
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — GayCo
8:30pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
10:00pm — enSolo
Saturday, January 24
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Story Sessions PANEL
5:30pm — Sweat Girls
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — Story Sessions
10:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Stephen Bastien
5:30pm — BYOB Story Hour
7:00pm — The Stoop
8:30pm — Chicago Slam Works
10:00pm — The God, SEX & Death Variety Hour
Sunday, January 25
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — OUTspoken
5:30pm — the kates
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — The Seven Deadly Sins Show
5:30pm — Kim Morris

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PERFORMERS

Rose Abdoo
Rose Abdon't
Written and performed by Rose Abdoo

More info soon.

Performances
Sunday, January 18, 5:30pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 23, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Stephen Bastien
A Championship Life
Written and performed by Stephen Bastien
Directed by Mary Renard

More info soon.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 17, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 24, 4:00pm (Heartland)
The BYOB Story Hour
The BYOB Story Hour is an intimate night of storytelling and live music. Once a month, six of Chicago’s best storytellers take the stage to share personal narratives based on that month’s 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!

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 17, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 24, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Chicago Slam Works
Chicago Slam Works seeks to advance performance poetry, both in Chicago and around the world through live performances, education and outreach. The Chicago Slam Works’ staff and founding members are pillars of the international poetry slam movement and the organizational force behind dozens of major poetry events all over the world.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 17, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 24, 8:30pm (Heartland)
enSOLO
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.

Performances
Friday, January 9, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 16, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 23, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Five from Rogers Park
Five Rogers Park residents, featuring:
Southern Heritage: Post-Civil War Reconciliation Continues on I-65 in an SUV Rented from Alamo
Written and performed by Kelli Strickland

Before he dies, a native son of Georgia places his memoir into the hands of his Yankee, urban granddaughter and says ‘Do something with this.’ The granddaughter nods, takes the eighteen type-written pages and says ‘I will granddaddy ,’ having no such intentions. Until, that is, she finds herself sitting in an unmarked Confederate cemetery in Georgia where every headstone is etched with her own last name.

Performances
Sunday, January 11, 5:30pm (Lifeline)
Gay Co
Chicago’s longest-lasting LGBTQ sketch comedy organization turns 18 years old this year. They’ve performed for massive, enthusiastic, sexy gay & straight audiences in Chicago and around the country.

Performances
Friday, January 9, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 16, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 23, 7:00pm (Heartland)
The God, SEX & Death Variety Hour
Stories, comedy, sketch, games, interviews, music & more... themed in GOD, SEX & DEATH.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 17, 10:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 24, 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.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 17, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 25, 5:30pm (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.

2014 FoS performers: TBA

Performances
Friday, January 9, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 16, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 23, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Kim Morris
Circling
Written and performed by Kim Morris
More info soon.

Performances
Sunday, January 11, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 18, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 25, 5:30pm (Heartland)
Off-Campus Writers Workshop
More info soon.

Performances
Sunday, January 18, 4:00pm (Heartland)
OUTspoken
Chicago’s monthly LGBTQ storytelling event featuring self-identified and out LGBTQ performers.

Performances
Sunday, January 11, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 18, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 25, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
The Seven Deadly Sins Show
The Seven Deadly Sins Show features seven storytellers, readers, and comedians performing pieces along the theme of one of the seven sins: envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, wrath.

Performances
Sunday, January 25, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Stir-Friday Night!
Turn Down Pho Work
Written and performed by Kannan Arumugam, Dacey Arashiba, Loreen Targos, Christina Seo, Jonald Reyes, Nic Park, Ray Hui
Directed by Anna Lucero
Music Direction by Katie Manning

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

Performances
Friday, January 9, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 16, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 23, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
The Stoop
The Stoop is an off book (no notes/reading) storytelling show. Featured storytellers are given a theme. They take that theme and share a 7-10 minute story related to that theme. Hosted by Moth GrandSLAM champion Lily Be and Badass Clarence Browley.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 17, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 24, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Story Club
Story Club is a non-fiction storytelling show. Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theatre. Each show has both featured performers and open mic performers.

Performances
Saturday, January 17, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 24, 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.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 17, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 24, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Story Sessions 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
Saturday, January 24, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Sweat Girls
The Sweat Girls speak with honesty, authenticity and humor about the human condition as they’ve experienced it. They have been writing and performing storytelling shows in Chicago for over 20 years.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 17, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 24, 5:30pm (Lifeline)
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.

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 5:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 17, 5:30pm (Lifeline)
West Side Stories
More info soon.

Performances
Sunday, January 11, 4:00pm (Heartland)
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 -- what’s yours?

Performances
Saturday, January 10, 10:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 17, 10:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 24, 10:00pm (Lifeline)

FESTIVAL HISTORY
Live Bait Theater developed more than 200 world premieres over its 20-year history and was nominated for over 50 Non-Equity Jeff Awards, predominately in the category of New Work. Sharon Evans was the Artistic Director from 1987-2008, and in 1995 she created the Fillet of Solo Festival, which featured over 200 solo artists in its first 13 years.

In 2009, Live Bait closed its doors, but Evans’ enthusiasm for new work and for the Festival remained undiminished. When searching for a new producer of the Festival, it was important to her that it be a theater dedicated to new work and she was delighted to find a perfect fit with Lifeline Theatre. In 2010, Lifeline and Live Bait co-produced the 14th Annual festival, and Lifeline has been carrying on the tradition ever since.


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