2nd Story's 2016/17 Season Kickoff: Stories of the Here and Now

As we enter our 2016-2017 season, we are faced with a disconcerting election, charged religious and racial conflicts, and television news cycles that propagate every type of fear.  Now, perhaps more than ever, we need the power of true, personal stories to help us navigate what is real, what is essential in our world. Join 2nd Story this season as we explore stories of the here and now.

Our season kickoff features four storytellers who are at their wits end dealing with the wiles of our nation’s state of affairs—from the insider-guide chronicles of an Uber driver to the grocery-store adventures of a woman just off her Zoloft.

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The Storytellers

Isaac Gomez

Isaac Gomez is a writer and dramaturg currently working as the Director of New Play Development at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where he curates the Public Programs series, directs the new play development department, and heads the IGNITION Festival of New Plays. As playwright: La Ruta (Goodman Theatre's Latina/o Theatre Celebration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Latino Play Project; Austin Critics Table New Play Award 2013; Pivot Arts Incubator Series); The Displaced (ALTA Chicago - workshop, Definition Theater Company - workshop); The Way She Spoke (World premiere: Greenhouse Theater Center); PerKup Elkhorn. As dramaturg: The House that Will Not Stand, Cocked, The Who & The What, Samsara, Death and the Maiden, Rest (VGT, Chicago); My Mañana Comes, Between You, Me, and the Lampshade (Teatro Vista, Chicago);The Hairy Ape, good friday (Oracle Productions); Badfic Love (Strange Bedfellows, Chicago); assistant dramaturgy on Luna Gale and The Solid Sand Below (Goodman Theatre). He is the Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago's Latino Playwrights Circle, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate of Teatro Vista, a steering committee member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.  

Julie Ganey

Julie Ganey is a Chicago actor, writer, and teacher. As a performer, she has worked with the Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight, Chicago Dramatists, Shattered Globe and Drury Lane, among others. Her solo shows The Half-Life of Magic and Love Thy Neighbor…till it hurts have been produced by Fillet of Solo at Lifeline Theatre, Next Theatre in Evanston, and 16th Street Theatre in Berwyn. Through Wavelength, an award winning comedy ensemble that performs for educators, Julie has created and led workshops for teachers and executives all over the country on communication skills and improvisation. In addition, Julie is the Education Director at Lifeline Theatre, and has designed lots of programs for kids, on everything from violence prevention to etiquette. Her bullying prevention program, Stand Up On The Schoolyard, has been presented to students and educators within the Chicago Public School system and across the country.

Senyo Ador

Poet and editor, Senyo Ador, was raised between Accra, Ghana and Chicago’s western suburbs. He was heavily influenced by Nikola Tesla, the pioneering electrical engineer, humanitarian, and showman from Austria. Senyo_Twilight is now using the power in his words to energize audiences the world over to act on causes both locally and remote.

Teresa Kuruvilla

Teresa is an actress, singer, teaching artist, and advertising professional. She received a BFA in Music and a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University Chicago, and is an Associate Artist and board member with Voice of the City, a Chicago-based multi-arts organization. Unrelated (but just as important), she really likes food and books. You can usually find her acting and/or singing and/or shaking her fist at the patriarchy and/or graphic designing and probably also complaining about the weather.

About the Neighborhood Series

There is nothing like listening to a good story with great company and sharing drinks and food around the table. For over 17 years, 2nd Story has been offering up just that at venues throughout Chicago and beyond. Instead of finding one single new home for ourselves, we are always on the lookout to sow seeds in a variety of neighborhoods across the city. In pursuit of our vision of fostering community through the experience of sharing stories, we will host shows, workshops, and other events in each neighborhood. If you have a favorite neighborhood venue that you think would be great for 2nd Story, we'd love to hear about it. Drop us a line at info@2ndStory.com!