An Inconvenient Love: Stories of Joy and Resilience

Despite what the movies may depict, love doesn’t always happen in a whirlwind of emotion against a dramatic yet moving musical backdrop.  Taking the risk of loving can sometimes be messy, unpredictable, and above all inconvenient.  But, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to experience this elusive phenomenon, we also allow for a joy that is indescribably beautiful.  From a boy’s quest to fulfill his “destiny” with a childhood crush to a young woman’s journey to find strength and  self-love after a life long relationship, join us for an evening of stories that will celebrate the joy and resilience of loving off script.

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The Storytellers

Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott comes to Chicago by way of Reno, Nevada and New York City, where she was an actor, singer, director, and cabaret artist.  She is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction Writing at Columbia College Chicago. Her writing can be seen in the 2013 Story Week ReaderEmerge Literary Journal, and Chicago Literati. She is currently at work on a young adult novel and a collection of stories inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. Her first fictional boyfriend was Han Solo and like most writers, her tiny apartment is stuffed with a magnificently disproportionate amount of books.

Martinique Hallerduff

Martinique Hallerduff participated in a 2nd Story workshop in the spring of 2011 and since then has been delighted and daunted by her new identity as a storyteller. She started writing poetry and fiction at the age of five and had her first poem rejected by Highlights magazine a year later at age six. Since then, Martinique has earned two masters degrees: one in Library Science and one in English with a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Many years after Highlights rejected her creative writing she decided to put it to use in rousing wedding toasts instead; meanwhile her academic writing has been accepted and published by Momentum Magazine, Feminist Collections, and MacFarland Press and listened to by rapt audiences at multiple conferences including National Women's Studies Association, UCLA Thinking Gender, and First Year Experience.

Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke

Reshmi Rustebakke holds an MFA in Directing from DePaul University, as well as BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in Drama. She has worked primarily in new play development. Recent projects include CHOOSING TO BE HERE: A STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, with Side Project, BASTARDS in Reykjavik, Iceland with Vesturport; THE PENTAEON at Fox Valley Rep; Ignition festival at Victory Gardens. Some favorite projects include VENUS by Suzan-Lori Parks, NORMAL by Anthony Neilson, INKY by Rinne Groff, MONSTER by Neal Bell, SUNSET PARTY by Cory Conley, HAZEL WARRIOR PRINCESS by Derya Derman, WHAT WILL I DO WHEN YOU'RE GONE? by Neal Bell, THE MIGRATION by Matthew K. Johnson . She was also the recipient of the Robert Moss Directing Residency at Playwrights Horizons Theater Company 2007-2008, as well as the Artist of Color Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop 2008-2009. Upcoming, she will be working with Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakes, Erasing the Distance, and Next Theatre Company.

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.

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!