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Stand & Deliver: Open Mic Night Friday, September 18

Stand & Deliver: Open Mic Night

We want to hear your story!
Join us at Gorton for an exciting night of storytelling under the stars “Ravina Style!”

We are excited to bring this event to you safely and physically distanced in our parking lot. “Lawn seats”  will be sectioned off toward the front of our parking lot facing the stage.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, pack a summer picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy an evening of music and storytelling under the stars!

We will also be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic concessions in pre-packaged, unopened containers. Seating for this event is limited in order to comply with Illinois guidelines.  We  will have designated circles for your party that can accommodate 2-4 people. We will direct you to your assigned space when you arrive. Please bring your own chairs/blankets.  You may park in our upper lot, across the street at the train station, and along the north side of Illinois Road.

Come to listen or sign up to tell. Storytellers will be given 7 minutes to tell their story.  Seven spots are available on a first come first serve basis. This event will be capped at 50 participants so in the case of rain, we can move indoors and maintain a safe social distance.

WHERE:  Gorton Community Center Parking Lot
WHEN: Friday, September 18
HOW: Sign up at 7, show at 7:30
If you are interested in telling a story, please arrive early and sign up.  Names will be called in order of sign up and you will have 7 minutes to tell your story. No experience necessary!


Expertly produced and moderated by Anne Vandy Purky:

Anne Purky is a writer, storyteller and producer who spent hours on the playground jumping rope in fifth and sixth grades when Gorton was Gorton School-a wonderful history with Gorton! She attended LFHS, Northwestern and the MFA program in writing at the School of the Art Institute. Anne has told stories all over Chicagoland from Ragdale to Steppenwolf. Four years ago Anne brought the Truth be Told storytelling series to Gorton which started in the Stuart room and grew to an audience of 200 in the Auditorium! She now produces Stand & Deliver for Gorton, an open mic show with featured storytellers. Anne has found that Lake Forest loves storytelling!  In addition to producing Stand & Deliver, Anne produces Story Jam, the largest storytelling and music show at SPACE in Evanston & City Winery in Chicago. In 2019 and 2020 Anne had two sold out one woman shows at the Fillet of Solo festival in Chicago. Anne lives in Lake Forest with her husband, daughter and black lab named Augustus.


this program may contain adult content

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Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

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