Seeing Things in a New Light: Stories of Discovery and Epiphany

Life throws you a curveball, and your world becomes unmoored. Sometimes, that change comes with the end of a relationship or a radical career shift. But no matter what, these discoveries and epiphanies have the power to transform our worlds, or at least our perceptions. From a young woman who must endure one of her biggest fears to reach her saving grace to a little girl on a quest with her mother for a new set of dishes, join us for an evening of stories that are sure to help you see things in a new light.

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The Storytellers

Andrew Reilly

Andrew Reilly is a writer, editor, and photographer whose work has appeared in a number of fine publications including Crain's Chicago BusinessThe Houston ChronicleThe Chicago ReaderThe A.V. Club, and Norman Einstein's Sports & Rocket Science Quarterly. He has also performed on a number of equally fine stages, including his solo shows "Paris Of The South Pacific" with the Lifeline Theatre's Filet Of Solo festival and "Running Free" at the Side Project Theatre. He lives in Chicago.

Kim Hunt

Kim L. Hunt is an activist, urban planner, start up enthusiast, and lifelong learner. During her 30 year career Kim’s focused on building and strengthening thriving communities. She is currently executive director of Affinity Community Services (Affinity), a 20 year old Chicago social justice organization that works with and for Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies in the areas of civic engagement, health and wellness, and leadership development. Prior to coming to Affinity she owned a community development consulting firm and worked for the third largest public transportation agency in the US. Her accomplishments have included tripling Affinity’s budget and increasing its public policy work, directing a three-day conference on LGBTQ youth homelessness, raising over $14 million for client programs and operations, and creating inclusive community engagement projects for community infrastructure investment. Kim teaches mini-courses at the University of Chicago. She is also co-host of OUTSpoken! LGBTQ Storytelling, a published author, and a member of several civic boards and advisory councils.

Scott Woldman

Scott is the Resident Playwright at Redtwist Theatre in Chicago and The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Most recently, Scott’s drama Beaten was produced at The Artistic Home and several of his late-night comedies, including Dates From Hell, Drunk and Ready, and Men Exposed were produced at Redtwist Theatre as part of their Luv Cycle.  For more than 15 years, Scott has performed as an actor, performance poet, story-teller and comedian in venues across the United States. Scott would like to thank the amazing people at 2nd Story for the opportunity to share his story.

Siobhan Thompson

Siobhan Roca Thompson has only one fake tooth. Right now, she’s getting an MFA in writing at the Art Institute of Chicago, working for Cards Against Humanity, and petting her cat, Van Gogh. Most of her work is just dramatic and depressing tweets. Follow her at @vonnrocapayne and feel free to admire from a distance.

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!