What You Don't See: Stories of Illumination and Impulse

What are the secrets we know to be true yet seem just shy of self-evident? What are the perspectives we don’t share? What are the stories we don’t tell? Join 2nd Story for an evening in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Together we can shine a light on the many facets of this complex issue with stories of what it means to be a survivor, a parent, an ally–and how we can all find a path to healing.

For the second year in a row, 2nd Story will be at The Teal Room at Pub 626 in Rogers Park for one full weekend every month. Tickets available online or at the door. See you there!

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The Storytellers

Claire Rychlewski

Claire Rychlewski is a writer and storyteller, born and raised in Chicago. She has been published in Heather Press and the Portland Review, and this is her first year telling with 2nd Story. Claire is thankful for the support of her family, friends and partner. She is especially grateful to 2nd Story for giving her this opportunity, as well as to the other tellers for sharing their stories.

Earliana McLaurin

Earliana is a Chicago-based actor, writer, teaching artist, and co-Director of Education for 2nd Story. As an actor, Earliana has worked with several Chicago theatre companies including Steppenwolf Garage Series, Prologue Theatre Company, Livewire Theatre, and Hell in a Handbag Productions.  Earliana is also a passionate solo artist whose credits include:  Miss Mattie’s Story (Stories Connect Us All 2013 Festival), Bubbling Lights (Side Project Theatre 2012 Choosing to Be Here Storytelling Festival), and Quit Being So Overdramatic! (Stockyards Theatre Project: 2008 Women’s Performance Art Festival). Earliana is a graduate of Truman State University and the University of Missouri.

Jeff Sivak

Jeff Sivak is a husband, father, and grandfather residing in Northwest, IN. He spent nearly 30-years working in the medical profession most notably with Medtronic. Now retired, he enjoys spending his free time rooting for the Chicago Cubs and traveling with his lovely wife of 37 years. He would like to thank 2nd Story for this opportunity and Aimy Tien for her patience in helping him craft and share his story.

Mia Vivens

Mia Vivens (she/her/hers) is a queer poetess/ mover/ maker originally hailing from Columbus, Ohio. She is a recent alumna of Valparaiso University, having studied Theater and Dance. She is specifically interested in exploring the intersections of the queer community amongst black and brown folks. In Chicago she has worked with About Face, Silk Road Rising, The Inconvenience, and Collaboraction. She is so excited for her debut with Second Story!

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!