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Truth Be Told – A Night of Personal Storytelling
Join us for another spectacular night of Storytelling with Scott Whitehair on November 3rd in our John & Nancy Hughes Theater! You’ve enjoyed personal stories on NPR while sitting at your desk or driving home, but it simply can’t compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling.
Doors open 7:30 with live music performed by Ali Jackson, cash bar/concessions in Solarium
8pm Stories begin.
This event is co-produced by Scott Whitehair and Anne Purky
PRODUCER AND STORYTELLER: SCOTT WHITEHAIR
Scott Whitehair is the producer of This Much Is True, one of Chicago’s longest running storytelling series, the creator of Story Lab Chicago, recently mentioned in Newsweek and Forbes, and the director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics. He has told stories anywhere someone will listen, including at Steppenwolf Theater, Second City, and The Woodstock Opera House, and on NPR, Sirius XM, and The Risk Podcast. Scott’s independent class has been selling out monthly for the last 5 years, and he is in demand as a coach and trainer. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and recently taught a course at All Hallow’s College in Dublin. Scott is on the board of directors for The National Storytelling Network and will be performing at the National Storytelling Festival for the first time this October.
CO-PRODUCER: ANNE PURKY
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. She’s a graduate of Lake Forest High School! She resides on the North Shore where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!
MUSICAL GUEST: ALI JACKSON
Ali Jackson is aN Indie-folk performance artist from Lake Bluff, Illinois. Her stirring vocals and arpeggio style of guitar playing convey the honesty of emotion found in her folk music selections. In her own compositions Ali draws on life experiences, whether fond memories of her childhood home in Texas, or the challenges of opening oneself up to trust in a relationship. For Ali, life is a “work in progress”, and song writing is her way of capturing life’s unique moments. Ali is a member of the Midwest Young Artist ensemble “VX”, a studio recording group lead by Emmy-winning Composer and music producer Gary Fry. Check her out at alijacksonmusic.com!
ALL STAR LINEUP
Steve Glickman has been spinning yarns his whole life, mostly at weddings at funerals, but more recently on the stage. His stories have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour national radio broadcast and podcast. He’s performed at the Laugh Factory, City Winery, and other Chicago venues. He’s performed with Piven Theater, Tellin’ Tales Theater, the Evanston Storytelling Festival, This Much Is True, Story Sessions, You’re Being Ridiculous, First Person Live, Story Jam, Story Club, Truth or Lie, Tenx9, and other storytelling shows in Chicago. He’s a classical music nut and once upon a time he played viola in a string quartet and sang bass with the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus. He lives in Uptown with his partner Mark and their imaginary dog Ruffles. For more information on Steve visit his website: www.steveglickman.net
Archy Jamjun is a writer and storyteller born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. He is the co-curator of Outspoken, a GBLTQ Storytelling show at Sidetrack and co-host and producer of Talk Stories with Ada Cheng. Archy is also a two-time Moth Grand Slam Champion and winner of The 25th Annual Chicago’s Biggest Liar Contest. His writing has been published by the Coachella Review and The Rumpus. You can see more of his work at ArchyArchJ.com
Elizabeth Klein is a hairdresser at Pearl’s of Chicago Salon and Spa in Lincolnwood Illinois who claims to have a sassy mouth and magic hands. Please don’t ask her to make you look like Kim Kardashian, you can’t afford that. She holds a Bachelors degree in Theater from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently a full time student at Oakton Community College where she is earning a degree in accounting. She will happily account for your monies, and let you pay her to do so. If she finds you have the proper assets she may actually agree to make you look like Kim K., but that is highly unlikely. She was born in Chicago, raised in Denver and relocated back to Chicago thirteen years ago and has slowly been eating her way through Chicago one hole in the wall restaurant at a time. When she is not styling hair or studying she can be found chasing after her spicy meatballs (code for kids) and her handsome hubby. You can oftentimes find them out on a family date eating Pho, sushi or ice cream.
Tekki Lomnicki is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator. Born with diastrophic dwarfism, she has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories. In 1995, Tekki co-founded Tellin’ Tales Theatre. The company, dedicated to shattering the barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds, produces adult solo performance as well as a life-changing mentoring program and show called Six Stories Up, featuring middle school students and adults with and without disabilities. Tekki performs her critically acclaimed solo work for schools, conferences, and theater audiences all over the U.S. and Canada, and she starred in the award-winning film, The Miracle by Jeffrey Jon Smith. She has taught youth at Chicago’s Gallery 37 and After School Matters, and solo performance for adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center. Tekki developed and runs a solo performance class exclusively for adults with disabilities, which culminates in a show entitled Divercity. Last summer she was Tellin’ Tales Theatre’s Community Lead for the Lyric Opera Community Voices project. She and a troupe of Tellin’ Tales actors created an original musical with Lyric Opera professionals performed at the Harris Theatre on September 24. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Award in Theater, the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance, and the 2014 Dan Van Hecke Award for outstanding leadership and service to the disability community. She is also Vice President of Little People of America District 6 and serves on the inclusion committee of Old St. Mary’s Church. You can see some of her work at tekkilomnicki.com and tellintales.org.
Seen on PBS, Nightline and in the New York Times, The Chicago Reader says Sue O’Halloran “has mastered the Irish art of telling stories that are funny and heart-wrenching at the same time.” Susan has several times been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival and the International Storytelling Center Residencies and as a National Storytelling Network and Smithsonian Institute keynote speaker. For the last twenty years, this author, keynote speaker and corporate diversity consultant has been producer of multicultural events featuring stories to build racial and ethnic bridges. Sue also produced the first ever social justice online storytelling festival which reached over 112,000 people in 52 different countries. www.SusanOHalloran.com and www.RacebridgesStudio.com
Rachna Prasad has always been curious about the people around her. After years of striking up conversations with strangers on the el, she discovered podcasts and started mainlining shows daily. After a move to the suburbs, Rachna created an at home storytelling group called “At the Well” followed by her first public show First Person Live. Today, when she isn’t logging carpool hours in her minivan, Rachna is busy co-producing Naperville’s only live storytelling show The People Tree.
Marvin Sussman is a WW II veteran born in Chicago and now living in an Elmhurst retirement community. He has three sons and four grandchildren. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He worked for the International Harvester and Borg Warner Corporations, mostly as an industrial engineer, a so-called “efficiency expert”, an idea which always caused his wife to laugh. Late in his life, he has been cajoled, threatened, and forced by his grandchildren to write a war memoir.
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