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Virtually Gorton: Yuletide Tales Wednesday, December 16

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Virtually Gorton: Yuletide Tales Part of the Virtually Gorton

  • Date: December 16, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: $10.00

Holiday Storytelling-Livestreamed


Join us for a holiday show with six storytellers headlined by Matt Dicks, storyteller extraordinaire, who has won 51 Moth StorySLAMS & five Moth GRANDSLAMS!

The stories will be 7 minutes each and will be comedic about Christmas and other holiday themes.  Escape into a show filled with laughter and fun and full of holiday cheer.



Our featured storyteller Matthew Dicks:

Matthew Dicks is the internationally bestselling author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, Twenty-one Truths About Love, and the nonfiction title Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Art of Storytelling. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide. He is also the author of the rock opera The Clowns and musicals Caught in the Middle, Sticks & Stones, and Summertime. He is an advice columnist for Slate magazine and the humor columnist for Seasons magazine. He has written comic books for DoubleTake Comics.When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, storyteller, blogger, wedding DJ, minister, speaking consultant, and life coach. He has been teaching for 21 years and is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.Matthew is a record 51-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 6-time GrandSLAM champion whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast.Matthew is also the founder and creative director of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization that produces shows throughout New England. He teaches storytelling and public speaking throughout the world to individuals, corporations, school districts, hospitals, universities, and more. He has most recently taught at Yale, MIT, the University of Connecticut Law School, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the Mohawk Nation, and Graded School in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Expertly produced and moderated by Anne Vandy Purky:

About Anne…

Anne Purky is a writer and storyteller and producer of Stand & Deliver, an immensely popular open mic storytelling series she launched in early 2020 that is hosted by the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest. The show brings together first-time and emerging storytellers to share funny, poignant and thought-provoking stories before a live audience. She is also a founding producer of Truth be Told, a curated storytelling show also hosted by Gorton that she grew from an audience of 50 to 200. Anne has performed her own stories in and around Chicago since 2017, appearing at Steppenwolf Theater, Ragdale, and Story Jam at City Winery, among other venues. In 2019 and 2020, Anne performed two sold out, one-woman shows at the Fillet of Solo Festival in Chicago. And in 2019 she joined the Story Jam team as a producer and team leader for corporate events and the Story Jam podcast. Anne attended Northwestern University and the MFA program in writing at the School of the Art Institute and lives in Lake Forest with her husband, daughter and their black lab, Augustus.


Teller Lineup:

Brenda Haynes, a retired educator found storytelling a few years ago while attending a Black History Month Celebration.  She’s taken  storytelling workshops with Mattew Dicks and performed with Barbara Clark’s Tell Me A Story Workshop in Los Angeles. She loves Jazz, Hiking, Scrabble and a Competitive Game of Pickleball.

Laura Hugg is a performer of stand-up, sketch comedy and story telling. A graduate of the Second City Conservatory, she has performed her darkly optimistic work in all its forms at such places as Zanies, Comedians You Should Know, the kates, This One Woman, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest, Laugh Factory, Chicago Sketchfest, Beast Women, Rhino Fest, Lady Laughs Comedy Festival, as well as co-producing indie comedy shows -House of Ha, Comedy Tub & The Frank Simon Comedy Hour.
Laura was a co-founder & member of two all female sketch comedy troupes, BLAIRE, and Hi Betty!, Burning Desires Improv Troupe, and host of two long running stand up open mics- The Globe and Second City Training Center. In this current pandemic she mics on zoom at all hours and hosted the first ever Skyline Village Comedy Hour.

Nick Baskerville tells stories in the DC, MD, and VA area. As a storyteller, he tells stories for shows such as The Moth, The Story Collider, Better Said Than Done, and Mistakes Were Made, and Perfect Liar’s Club. In addition to telling stories, he has hosted storytelling shows for Better Said Than Done and Armed Service Art Performance (ASAP) both online and in-person. Nick is the currently apart of the stand-up comedy show Clean AF Comedy Show every Friday night on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/666856527445310/) You can also check out his blog Story Telling On Purpose at www.stop365.blog

Bridget Schank-Rabble-rouser, community builder, fundraiser, and storyteller.  A
former community organizer and lobbyist, Bridget has been telling
stories for social change for the past 20 years.  She chose to stay
home full time when her son, Jack, had a liver transplant in 2011.
Bridget’s husband, Tim was the living organ donor.  She loves to
travel but hates to pack, played women’s football at Notre Dame and
bakes a mean strawberry rhubarb pie.  Tim often warns people about her
6th sense which often borders on witchcraft.  You will surely hear
this force of nature Irish woman before you see her.  Bridget has
performed at First Person Live, The Moth StorySLAM, Truth Be Told,
Fillet of Solo, and Universal Sound.  Bridget lives in Arlington
Heights with her husband Tim, daughter, Gracie, son, Jack, and her
aggressively affectionate golden retriever, Corby.

Michael Guinn is a former 2 Time National Poetry Slam Finalist, Toronto International Slam Champion and 4 Time AIPF Slam Champion. Great Plains Pile Up Slam Champion. Michael also has more than 23 years of coordinating and hosting upscale open mics and national spokenword showcases. He is director of Mike Guinn Entertainment and CEO/Founder for Uplift Your Life (501c3). It has been his mission to connect with organizations globally and add his energy and experience as a professional speaker, storyteller, promoter, youth mentor, poet and community events organizer. Currently you can catch Michael on Amazon Prime, two commericals, and 3 upcoming short films.  Michael Also has a television show on ROKU’s Empowerment4U Network. For more visit Michael at HOME | mikeguinn

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