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Virtually Gorton: Stand & Deliver-Open Mic Night Live Stream Thursday, April 16

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Virtually Gorton: Stand & Deliver-Open Mic Night Live Stream Part of the Virtually Gorton

  • Date: April 16, 2020
  • Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

We want to hear your story!

Update: teller spots are full.  Sign up to watch via FB Live or just tune in on Gorton’s FB page.  We will offer another in the future, so you will have another chance to tell.  Watch your email for more info to come!


Storytelling open mics have exploded all over Chicagoland from Evanston to the loop. Our first Open Mic night sold out, so we are bringing another to you virtually!  No experience necessary. You have 7 minutes to tell your story.
WHERE:  Gorton’s Facebook Page at 7pm!  (just jump on our page and scroll down to the live stream)
FOR WHO: Tellers-you’ll be sent a Zoom link; Audience- join via FB Live (sign up for free or just tune-in)
WHEN: Thursday, April 16th at 7pm
HOW: Sign up for free below; if you’d like to tell, sign up quickly; limited spots available!

In an effort to keep this to an hour, we are limited in how many tellers can register.  We realize we may be over-subscribed, and if so, please email ann@gortoncenter.org to let us know.  If we have enough interest, we will then schedule another one to accommodate more (new) tellers!  No experience necessary!


Expertly produced and moderated by Anne Vandy Purky:

Anne Purky has burst on the storytelling scene talking about the dark side of a privileged upbringing, stirring up trouble on the North Shore and being a renegade mom of an astonishing differently abled daughter. She studied film & writing at Northwestern and the School of the Art Institute.She is active in politics, disability rights, and advocates for the homeless with PADS in Waukegan & Zion. Anne’s performed at Story Jam, Chicago Dramatists, Truth Be Told, Beast Women, Story Lab, Pour One Out, You’re Being Ridiculous and had a sold out one woman show at Filet of Solo festival at Lifeline Theatre this year. She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee!

Our two featured tellers:

 Jimmy Carrane has been doing solo work since he debuted his one man show “I’m 27, I Still Live At Home and I Sell Office Supplies” at The Annoyance Theatre in 1991. Since then he’s done many solo shows like “World’s Greatest Dad(?)”, “Living in a Dwarf’s House” at Second City, “Dog Tales” and “Since We Last Talked” at Live Bait Theater. He currently teaches The Art of Slow comedy improv classes on-line and does private coaching for storytelling. For more information, please visit www.jimmycarrane.com.



Marya Morris is a storyteller, city planner, and freelance writer & editor. She’s been telling stories in and around Chicago since 2015. She performed at Truth Be Told at the Gorton Center in 2019 and is a two-time Moth GrandSlam winner. Since this blessed virus took over all our lives, Marya has been searching for any crawl spaces, trap doors, or unmarked entrances to parallel realms in the house she shares with her husband, kids and extended family in Wilmette.

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