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Truth Be Told – A Night of Personal Storytelling Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Truth Be Told – A Night of Personal Storytelling

  • Date: May 4
  • Time: 8:00 pm TO 9:30 pm
  • Price: $20
    You'll pay more at door! Tickets- $20 online, $25 at the door. Students-$10 online and $15 at door. Students must show I.D.
  • Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, 60045

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Join us for another spectacular night of Storytelling Saturday May 4th 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 from local duo Badass Librarians.  Cash bar/concessions will be available for sale before the show and during intermission.  Help us “Toast the Tellers” at our after-party!

8pm Stories begin




As a pathologist, Elizabeth spent hundreds of hours hunched over either a microscope or a dead body.  She then worked as a consultant to the medical device industry writing technical reports, all dry as dust and utterly humerous.  Original thoughts were few, as all statements had to be referenced.   Spreading her wings to creative non-fiction has been a liberating joy.  Elizabeth has performed at storytelling events in Highwood, Arlington Heights, Evanston and Chicago, but is delighted to be performing for her hometown audience of Lake Forest.


After a career in arts administration, Margaret Burk returned to her first love: the spoken word.  Margaret performs at storytelling venues such as This Much Is True, Story Sessions, and The Moth.  She has been featured at Festivals such as the Chicago Celtic Festival, the Fox Valley Folk Festival and the Illinois Storytelling Festival.   Her one-woman show “Bring It On” has been featured at The Celtic Knot in Evanston and Northlands Storytelling Festival.  Margaret co-produces and co-hosts three monthly storytelling events in Oak Park/River Forest: BACK ROOM STORIES at Hamburger Mary’s, Illinois Storytelling’s Series at Dominican University, and Do Not Submit Oak Park at the Eastgate Cafe.  She is President of Illinois Storytelling Inc., a state-wide association of storytellers, and believes in the power of story not just to entertain but to touch the heart, spark the imagination, and embolden the spirit.



Jimmy Carrane is the host of the popular podcast Improv Nerd and former host of Studio 312 on WBEZ. He has performed numerous one-man shows including “I am 27, I still live at home and sell office supplies” at The Annoyance Theater and “Living In Dwarf’s House” at Second City. He has been teaching and performing improv in Chicago for more than 25 years and also does private coaching for storytellers. He grew up in Kenilworth and lives in Evanston with his wife Lauren and his two and half year old daughter. For more about Jimmy you can go to website jimmycarrane.com


LeVan D. Hawkins is a writer, poet, & solo performer. In Chicago, he has appeared at venues and events such as This Much Is True, You’re Being Ridiculous, Am I Man Enough?,  OUTspoken!, Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival, Links Hall, the Homolatte Reading Series, Rhino Fest, Center on Halsted and the Gerber-Hart Library in Chicago. He has traveled across the country reading and performing and has appeared at  UCLA Hammer Museum, Disney Hall Redcat Theater, and in the New York International Fringe Festival and the National Black Theater Festival.  A MacDowell Colony of the Arts Fellow, LeVan is currently completing his book, What Men Do.


Emily Hooper Lansana is an arts administrator, educator and performing artist. She has played a range of leadership roles. Currently she serves as the Associate Director of Community Arts Engagement for the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Previous experience includes: Associate Director for the Arts and Public Life Initiative, Theater/Literary Arts Curriculum Supervisor, Chicago Public Schools Office of Arts Education and the Director of Education, Lincoln Center Theater. As an adjunct professor, Ms. Lansana has taught at Columbia College, the University of Chicago, DePaul University and Chicago State University. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black Storytellers and as President of the Chicago Association of Black Storytellers. She received her BA in Theater Studies with a certificate in Teacher Preparation/Education from Yale University and an MA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. For more than twenty years, she has performed as a storyteller, sharing her work with audiences throughout Chicago and across the country. She has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival, and at a variety of museums, colleges and performance venues. She also enjoys passing on traditions to young people as a coach and mentor with nationally recognized Ase Youth Group and Rebirth Poetry Ensemble.


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, Ragdale, Story Lab, Pour One Out and others. She resides in Lake Forest where she chronicles entitlement with raucous glee! She recently debuted her solo show, My Michelin Guide To Psych Wards, at Fillet of Solo Festival.


Scott Whitehair is a storyteller, producer, and teacher from Chicago,IL.  He is host of This Much Is True, the city’s longest running monthly storytelling series, creator of Story Lab Chicago, recently mentioned in Forbes and Newsweek, which has put 600+ new and first time tellers on stage since 2011, and director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics with the goal of creating empathy among neighbors. He tells stories anywhere someone will listen, which has included Steppenwolf Theater, The National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place, and on NPR and The Risk Podcast. Scott teaches a perpetually sold out monthly class, and trains corporations, non-profits, and individuals to find their voices. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris.


Badass Librarians are an acoustic rock duo featuring musicians John Siegle and Erin Brush.  John’s masterful rock ‘n roll guitar riffs and Erin’s steady rhythm guitar and percussion back-up their vocal harmonies in an eclectic mix of classic and alternative rock tunes, along with some of John’s original songs.

Find out more at www.badasslibrarians.com



This event is co-produced by Scott Whitehair and Anne Purky.



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