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The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling
the side project theatre company
Chicago, IL
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The Kindness of Strangers: A Festival of Storytelling
More than 40 storytellers converge in our second annual Festival of Storytelling featuring a rotating mix of first-time and experienced tellers, accompanied by live music.

In addition to an array of 5- and 10-minute stories, each night will feature a longer piece by either Kim Morris, Eric Warner or Amy Sumpter, who will each headline a different week of the Festival.

Through the intimate act of storytelling, the 40 artists will share heartwarming, heartbreaking, and powerful personal stories about how strangers have affected their lives.

The Festival kicks off October 20 and runs Sunday through Wednesday eves at 7:30pm through November 6.


October 20-23:
ERIC WARNER remembers hearing: 'Your father was a monster.' Those words have stayed with him his entire life, as has his own question, 'Is that all he was?' A story about a father and son who barely knew each other, and about choices. Which is more powerful, which shape us more, the stories that we create for ourselves, or those that we know to be true?

October 27-30:
AMY SUMPTER has a dream and that dream is being sabotaged by jobs, debt and maybe Amy Sumpter? Sumpter explores how you follow your dream, even when you feel like the world is falling apart.

November 3-6:
KIM MORRIS will explore a series of small, seemingly innocuous moments between strangers that inevitably have a profound cumulative effect.

Opening STORYTELLERS include Taylor Bailey, Julia Borcherts, David Boyle, Jane deLaubenfels, Ellen DeSitter, Supie Dunbar, Susan Gidel, Kevin Gladish, Barbara Gregor, Don Hall, Harold Harris, Kate Healy, Jill Howe, Rachael Hudak, Darwyn Jones, Ben Kemper, Rob Koon, Colleen Marchlewski, Tom Martinez, Jonathan Mayo, Amy Merric, Clover Morrell, Lisa Nigro, Paloma Nozicka, Kasey O'Brien, Jeremy Owens, Coya Paz, Francecsa Peppiatt, Antoinette Perfecto, Sheri Reda, Andrew Reilly, Michael Rychlewski, Jeremy Schaefer, Kendra Stevens, Jennifer Thom, Adam Webster, Gayle Ann Weinstein and Lali Zayas Del Rio.

DIRECTORS: Rebecca Butler, C P Chang, Alison Connelly, Jess Kadish, Rose Kruger, Toma Langston, Michael Manocchio, Dorothy Milne, John Ragir, and Cassy Sanders


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the side project theatre company (View)
1439 West Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
United States


Arts > Theatre

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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