Here’s the Story on June 2nd!

Join Here’s the Story on June 2nd for some of the greatest people and best storytellers we know. For just this month’s show, we will be just next door to Stage 773, at Theater Wit, enjoying their pretty exposed brick walls and abundant air conditioning… yes indeedy!

If you’d like to bring a story to Here’s the Story, please do. We choose five people for each show from the list of people who sign up that night. We don’t guarantee people walk-up slots ahead of time, or select our open-swap tellers on a first-come, first-served basis. Instead, we choose from the full list of names on the night of the performance, through a process of balancing for gender, diversity of age, experience, background and story content. All things being equal, we roll the dice for luck.

As our return audience members may know, stories that do well on our stage are those that a person feels compelled to share from a place of generosity. In other words, you have something that you would like to give away.  Because you think the story is entertaining or dynamic or funny, or because you learned something you want to share, or you feel the story has something in it that will be transferred as a gift when it is told.  Walk-up slots are 5-7 minutes long.

The features we are bringing you this month are wonderful people and great entertainers. Read on to learn more about them!

Samantha Irby is a writer and performer who mostly makes jokes about hot dudes, diarrhea, kittens, and magical tacos on the internet at bitchesgottaeat.blogspot.com. Her book Meaty was recently published by Curbside Splendor publishing.  In addition to co-hosting Guts and Glory with Keith Ecker, and The Sunday Night Sex Show, a sex-positive live lit show, she has performed at Essay Fiesta, Write Club, This Much is True, Grown Folks Stories, The Paper Machete, and Story Club, among others. She opened for Baratunde Thurston during his “How to Be Black” tour. She has been profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times as well as in Time Out Chicago, and her work has appeared on The Rumpus and Jezebel. Samantha and partner Ian Belknap write a comedy advice blog at irbyandian.com.

Joshua Safford and Cory O’Brien are bringing a special dual storytelling performance to our stage!  Joshua is a professional imp and an impish professional. He studied clowning at the prestigious Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Clowning College, and has studied mythology in a thousand million other places. You can learn more about him and his arcane approach to storytelling at ravenstory.com.  Cory O’Brien is a technojester and word wizard of the highest caliber. He has a book called Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology, in which he retells ancient myths like it’s 3AM and he’s ten drinks past his maximum. You should buy it. You should also check out his website, which is bettermyths.com.

Angelina Pizzi has tried on a lot of different hats in the last 20 years: scientist, super server, commodities trader, student, and teacher. While searching for the best fit she has amassed an anthology of interesting stories which she has shared at Here’s the Story, Do Not Submit, and the Moth.

Ray Teresi believes in the power of stories to transform lives. He enthusiastically lends his support to Chicago’s storytelling community by tirelessly promoting its events and connecting it’s participants, and producing audio of storytellers for radio and podcasts.  He also co-produces a storytelling series called Storytelling: Missionary Style, which produces charitable events that take some of Chicago’s finest storytellers beyond the city boundaries to promote storytelling far and wide.

Polly Yukevich teaches music to children in grades 4-8 in the suburbs of Chicago.   Through her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign she developed a love of the ukulele and participatory music making. She muses about teaching, music, and her super interesting life on her blog: yukesukes.com. She is a proud native of Beaver, PA a suburb of Pittsburgh, the home of the six-time Super Bowl Champion Steelers and Mister Rogers.  She also owns about 30 ukeleles and may possibly be offering lessons in the lobby prior to June’s show!

Here’s the Story June 2nd
7:30 potluck/ 8pm show
Theater Wit,1229 W. Belmont
$8 at the door, FREE if you bring a dish for the potluck
to avoid being turned away, please purchase tickets in advance here!


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