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Truth Be Told: A Night of Personal Storytelling
THIS SHOW IS NOW IN OUR THEATER
Evening opens with live music at 7:00 pm, and stories begin at 7:30!
Come join us for another amazing night of storytelling at Gorton! The evening begins with 30 minutes of live music to set the mood, followed by a curated professional storytelling show in our theater. Beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale at the event.
If you enjoy the art of storytelling, you’ll love our in-person show where curator and producer Scott Whitehair brings tellers from around the country to entertain and inspire you!
THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSORS
PAM & DAVID WAUD
AND TO OUR SILVER SPONSORS
MEET THE STORYTELLERS
After seeing RICK HALL’s one-man show, Pigboy, based on his life growing up on a pig farm in Illinois, Second City producer, Joyce Sloane, dubbed him “a modern-day Mark Twain”. The New York Times described his storytelling as “spellbinding.” Rick has performed his stories at countless small venues as well as corporate conventions and was chosen by HBO to perform at the Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Rick continues to take audiences on a ride with his newest stories about his journey from farm boy to actor in Los Angeles and now back to his roots in the Midwest. You can check out more of Rick’s stories on his podcast, So Sez Rick.
MEGAN WELLS is a bridge teller – one foot in the new movement of personal telling and the other foot in the traditional model. She has been a full-time professional touring storyteller for 30 years. What that really means is Megan knows a lot of folk and fairy stories, epic stories, world myth and historical stories and she tells them anywhere, everywhere and a lot. Credits include Guest Artist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, yearly teller with the Chicago Public Library as well as libraries, schools, museums, book clubs, major storytelling festivals and theaters. Recently named an Oracle by the National Storytelling Network, Megan was inducted into America’s Circle of Excellence in Storytelling. ON THE OTHER FOOT, Megan is a passionate supporter of this exciting new movement of personal narrative and thrives on its intimacy, heart and edge. I guess you could say she’s some kind of story fanatic. There is a theater passion too, and a bio for that, but you can see that at www.meganwells.com.
R.C. RILEY is a writer, performer, activist, and warrior woman who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault. R.C.’s work examines the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and faith and seeks to find justice for and liberate those who have felt ignored, unloved, and persecuted by society. Her personal healing led to the creation of her first one-woman show, Wrong Way Journey. She has told short stories at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater, Piven Theater with Three Cat Productions, The Truth or Lie Reading Series, This Much is True, You’re Being Ridiculous, OutSpoken, Sappho’s Salon, The Plagiarists, and more. When she’s not performing one of her solo shows, R.C. can be found on her FBLive show, BE EMPOWERED! with R.C., where she addresses topics of concern for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQ+ communities. Check her out on FB @rcriley, @rcempowers on twitter @rcrileyempowers, IG rcrileyempowers or at www.rcrileyempowers.com
ANNE SHIMOJIMA is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. An award-winning elementary school library media specialist of 35 years, she taught graduate courses in storytelling for National-Louis University and for eight years served on the board of the Wild Onion Storytelling Festival in Chicago. Some highlights in her storytelling career include a week as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN and performing at such venues as the National Storytelling Festival, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the 1st Asian-American Storytelling Festival, the Talk Story Storytelling Festival in Honolulu, the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in Central Park, and at three Tokyo high schools, sharing her family’s story as a guest of the government of Japan.
PAUL TEODO is a retired healthcare executive. He is the author of 2 novels, PASTAMAN and Call Me Z, and just published his third book, South of Cermak: Chicago Stories. Paul has been telling stories in and around Chicago for the past 10 years. He is a multiple Moth Story Slam and Grand Slam winner. Most importantly, however, Paul is a first-time grandpa to Lucca Sparrow Teodo. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
MEET THE OPENING ACT
ZOE RABIN is a singer/songwriter based in Highwood, Illinois. Combining pop, soul, R&B, and indie, Zoe & Emerson create a unique sound that defies classification. While Zoe can hit a variety of vocal ranges, she establishes her niche in a husky, rich alto sound that can captivate any audience. The twenty-one-year-old vocal powerhouse cites Adele & Amy Winehouse as her biggest influences and mimics a blended version of their voices with ease. Through her songwriting, she paints a picture of heartbreak, turmoil, new love, & the trials and tribulations of dating in the 21st century. Zoe has performed during the Port Clinton Art Festival in Highland Park and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as part of an a capella group. Listen to her original music here.
EMERSON WEHNER is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter based in Houston, TX. They perform alongside Zoe Rabin and as a member of the band Ambivert, whose second album “Milo & Iris” is slated for a January 2023 release. When they’re not recording or performing new music, Emerson studies mathematics at Rice University. Listen to Ambivert here.
*This program may contain mature content*
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