Join me as one of our great neighborhood theaters, The Side Project Theater Company, hosts “Choosing to Be Here” a Rogers Park-centric Storytelling Festival. The festival features a rotating cast of luminaries from the Chicago storytelling scene–including Alison Cuddy and Don Hall from WBEZ-Radio–who weave an array of short stories about community in a series of one-night-only performances.
The festival opens this Sunday, October 14, 7:30 p.m., and runs Sundays through Wednesdays until October 31st. The Side Project is located at1439 W. Jarvis (just east of Greenview) in the Jarvis Square neighborhood.
Tickets to the festival are only $15 each ($12 if you are a Rogers Park resident).
If you are a resident of Rogers Park, make sure you enter the code word “neighbors” when ordering!
If you want to take a chance and save an additional $2, The Side Project is offering $10 tickets for any unsold seats at curtain time to residents of the 60626 zip code. Just show your ID with your zip code and you’re in for $10!
Each night a different combination of storytellers, accompanied by live music from Mike Przygoda andSuzanne Osman, will weave tales of community, neighborhood, fitting in, and how we connect–sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And each night of performances culminates in Julie Ganey’s acclaimed one-woman show “Love Thy Neighbor . . . Till it Hurts,” directed by Megan Shuchman.
A long-time Rogers Park resident, Ganey, asks: “What does it mean to be a good neighbor in a diverse community?” It’s 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. . . . By the end, Ganey’s edgy yet curative storytelling turns into a welcome rebuke to Glass’ stylish negativity”
For more information on the Festival and to view the nightly schedule of storytellers, visit:
Don’t miss these thought-provoking and uplifting performances!