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Truth Be Told – A Night of Personal Storytelling
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Join us for another spectacular night of Storytelling Saturday November 2nd 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 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
THANK YOU TO OUR CO-PRODUCERS, SCOTT WHITEHAIR AND ANNE PURKY
THE EVENING’S LINEUP:
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.
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.
Monica Castle works as a product buyer for the eCommerce website Dealgenius.com, and recently completed a project designing duct tape with fun designs. Her favorite was the unicorn tape. In her spare time she likes to garden, paint, take acting classes, and she dreams about playwriting. She also has two beautiful sons, and a loving husband, and for this she is eternally grateful. Plus, by the time you read this she will have adopted a dog.
Ray Christian is retired Army Paratrooper, Combat veteran, Doctor of Education and Adjunct professor teaching African American History and Storytelling at Appalachian State University. His stories have appeared in Reader’s Digest’s 2016 Best Stories in America and 2017 American Hero’s editions. As a competitive storyteller, Ray is a ten-time Moth Story Slam Champion, and winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. His stories have been featured regularly on the shows, “Snap Judgment”, “Back Story Radio” and the “Spooked” and “Risk” podcast. He resides in the remote, mountains of Watauga County, NC with his family where he raises an assortment of pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys and dogs.
Kevin D’Ambrosio is an actor, motivational speaker, storyteller, and writer. He recently appeared in Interrobang Theatre Project’s stage play, Utility. As a storyteller Kevin has performed with Tellin’ Tales Theatre, The Much Is True, at The Ragdale Foundation, and is a Moth StorySLAM winner. He co-hosted and co-produced Second City Training Center’s Sunday Morning Stories. Kevin teaches a storytelling at Piven Theatre and to detainees in Cook County Jail. He is a graduate of The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting. Find out more over social media at @kdaspeaker
Megon McDonough is a nationally known singer-songwriter who has been performing around the country for more than four decades and has performed on stages as varied as Carnegie Hall, The Birchmere, The Wolf Trap and more. Best known as an inaugural member of the group The Four Bitchin’ Babes, Megon delights audiences with her mixture of heartfelt and humorous songs and she has 15 solo albums to her credit. She currently tours with her show “Dedicated to the Ones I Love: Great Women Singers of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” a show that honors the greatest women singers of a generation, and performs entertainment for corporate workshops and events. Find more information at www.megonmegon.com
Marya Morris is a city planner, freelance writer and editor, and storyteller. She lives with her husband, mother, and however many cats and dogs the Village of Wilmette ordinance allows per household. Her latest book, Local Infrastructure: Planning and Finance—a laugh-out-loud funny account of how cities plan and budget for streets, sidewalks and storm drains—drops this month. Marya began performing at Louder Than a Mom in 2015 and has since been on stage at You’re Being Ridiculous, This Much Is True, Is This a Thing? Pour One Out, Appetite for Rock n’ Roll, and a regular winner at local Moth StorySlams. She was also the acclaimed winner of the Moth GrandSlam in October 2018.
Kristina Schramm has spent most of her life as a designer of one sort or another. First doing windows for the now defunct Marshall Field and Co.; then moving into graphics, where she spent the next 20+ years until family life collided with her 70-hour workweek. Seeking more flexibility, she completed a degree in interior design only to discover that she had no patience for the clientele. The need to use her training [and justify her existence], compelled her to accept a position as set designer for a theater company housed in a local church basement. The rest, as the saying goes, is history. During the next 15 years, she tried her hand at nearly every aspect of theater including directing, writing and acting. Now retired, she spends most of her time lunching with friends, but can still be seen occasionally in a storefront theater production, commercial or student film portraying a young director’s version of an “old woman.”
The 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 ranging from The Beatles and Kinks to Jack White and Cage the Elephant, with several of John’s own originals mixed in. When they’re not rocking the band scene, they unplug as the Badass Librarians and together they’ve taken their acoustic interpretations of a wide and varied selection of rock songs and made them uniquely their own.
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