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OUTspoken: A Call for LGBTQ Voices by Erasing the Distance
Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted
Chicago, IL
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Monday Jun 24, 2013 6:00 PM - Monday Jun 24, 2013 9:00 PM | Free


OUTspoken: A Call for LGBTQ Voices by Erasing the Distance
Monday, June 24, 2013 at 6:00pm

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN for tickets $0 - $25.00.

Erasing the Distance (ETD) is working on developing a complete show focused on mental health issues within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. OUTspoken: A Call for LGBTQ Voices is our first exciting step in that process. We'll begin with performances of a selection of stories told by LGBTQ community members and performed by professional actors. Then, we'll break out into a story-sharing workshop where, drawing on your own experiences and those of your fellow participants, you'll get a sense of how we guide our stories from mind to stage.

Project Leader/Curator: Adam Poss
Director/Facilitator: Jessica Kadish
Marketing Coordinator: Sam Sekulich

The evening begins with the performance of three stories:

Alma (performed by Gabriela Mayorga): Alma experienced childhood incest at the hands of her grandfather and brother. As an adult, she battles depression as she attempts to overcome her past and build a new life with her partner and children.

Ryan (performed by ETD ensemble member Adam Poss): Ryan discusses how his father's alcohol addiction and domestic violence affects him both as a young boy fighting to survive and as a gay man facing his own anger and commitment issues.

KOKUMO (performed by Dawn Bless): KOKUMO is a transgender woman of color who strives to come to terms with years of trauma from repeated sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Following the performance:

ETD artistic associate Jessica Kadish will lead a community-building workshop with the audience. Participants will be grouped into pairs and encouraged to briefly share their stories with one another. After a few group activities, the evening will culminate with each group creating an impromptu mini-performance and sharing it on the stage.

Our goal is to start a conversation about mental health issues within the LGBTQ community, a conversation that will eventually turn into a full-length show. Will you join us in that conversation?

OUTspoken is performed in the Hoover-Leppen Theatre, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood on the third floor of Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted Street). It's accessible to the Red Line "El" and several major buses. If driving, you may find metered street parking on Halsted Street or Waveland Avenue, or you can park in one of the area lots at 808 W. Addison Street and 848 W. Addison Street.> Go to Center On Halsted website for more details.

About Erasing the Distance
Founded in 2005 and seen by more than 40,000 people, Erasing the Distance is a not-for-profit arts organization that sheds light on mental health issues through theatre. For more information, visit



Hoover-Leppen Theatre at Center on Halsted (View)
3656 N. Halsted Street, 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60613
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 15
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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