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Choosing to Be Here: A Storytelling Festival

by Alison Cuddy (from WBEZ), Arlene Malinowski, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Don Hall, Mary Fons, Andrew Reilly, Robert Koon, Earliana McLaurin, Kim Morris, Coya Paz and Julie Ganey

directed by
Jason Gerace, Reshmi Hazra, Allison Shoemaker, Megan Shuchman, Terrence Mosley, Jacob Padron, Adam Webster and Eric Zeigenhagen.

October 14 -
October 31

Sundays through Wednesdays @ 7:30pm

A rotating cast of beginning and experienced storytellers weave tales of community, neighborhood, fitting in, and how we connect - sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Each night will feature a different combination of storytellers accompanied by live music from Mike Przygoda and Suzanne Osman. Each night culminates in Julie Ganey's acclaimed one-woman show Love Thy Neighbor... till it hurts, directed by Megan Shuchman.

Praise for Love Thy neighbor... till it hurts:
Long-time Rogers Park resident, Julie Ganey, asks: "What does it mean to be a good neighbor in a diverse community?" A tenacious look at how we misunderstand, mistake and misjudge each other - and choose to live together anyway.

Hedy Weiss of the Chicago Sun-Times calls the piece a "bristling, thoughtful, heartfelt response to an NPR piece by Ira Glass about real estate and the recession (that) winningly chronicles her various 'Kumbaya'-like efforts to come to terms with neighbors who see her middle-class presence as both irritant and threat."

FEATURING
experienced storytellers such as Alison Cuddy from WBEZ, Arlene Malinowski, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Don Hall, Mary Fons, Andrew Reilly, Robert Koon, Earliana McLaurin, Kim Morris and Coya Paz, along with more than 20 newcomers!

Please click here for nightly schedule.

Tickets: $15 general admission
Group discounts available


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