Contrary to Popular Belief: Stories of Making Our Own Meaning

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 7:30pm.

What is the meaning of life? 2nd Story has the answer and it will be revealed in this show! Disclaimer: The question turns out to be complex. Come learn how our four storytellers have wrestled with and found meaning in unexpected places. From a woman’s resignation from the Mormon Church and search for her own community to how the daughter of Iranian immigrants tries to makes sense of her full identity, join us for an evening of stories that ask the big questions.

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!

$20 online or at the door. In addition to our regular tickets ($20), we offer Pay What You Feel tickets at the door (you can pay $1 or $1,000, whatever feels right to you). Same show, same seating, same experience. Never let the ticket price stop you from seeing a show! Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.

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The Storytellers

Camille Acker

Camille Acker

Camille Acker is a writer who advocates for social justice in her creative and nonprofit work. A graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in English, Ms. Acker also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University. She has attended workshops at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony, Callaloo Writers' Workshop, and Voices of Our Nations Arts. She was a Millay Colony for the Arts resident in 2012 and is co-editor of Dismantle: An Anthology from the VONA/Voices Workshop, an anthology of work from the Voices of Our Nations Arts workshop for writers of color. Currently, she works as Programs and Development Associate for the National Public Housing Museum and teaches gender studies at University of Illinois at Chicago.

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JC Aevaliotis

JC does a lot of different things. He received a master’s degree in religion and theater from the Yale Divinity School. During grad school, he taught at a magnet school for the arts, performed at the Yale Drama School Cabaret, and took classes on comic theory, Scandinavian theater, and linguistics. Since his 2006 move to Chicago, JC has taught and directed at Northwestern University’s Cherubs program and worked as an actor and dramaturgical consultant for various theater companies. JC performs regularly with Second City’s Training Center House Ensemble and currently works as a grant-writer at an art-education not-for-profit called Marwen.

Sadaf Ferdowsi

Sadaf Ferdowsi

Sadaf Ferdowsi is a first year MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago. She has begun an ongoing project of getting out of her comfort zone. Reading with 2nd Story is one of her first endeavors. Originally from Big Rapids, Michigan, she moved to Chicago in 2009 and  graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2013. Her undergraduate thesis was the recipient of the Ruth Murray Memorial Essay Prize. When Sadaf is not reading, studying, or writing, she's usually watching TV, scouring recipe apps on her phone, and wondering what Jane Eyre's Tindr profile would look like today. #teamedwardrochester

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Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander goes by Alex because there are too many Sarahs in the world and also because she's a rebel like that. A bookworm, fangirl, and all-around nerd, she's never very far from a book in her work as a librarian at the Chicago Public Library. Before realizing libraries were the secret base for the resistance, she was a middle school teacher, a professional singer, and a really, really bad waitress. Her academic and creative work has appeared in journals, blogs and anthologies including B-Sides, Teen Librarian Toolbox, and I'm from Driftwood: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Stories from All Over the World. No stranger to the stage, Alex also has a background in music and theater and has previously performed in Chicago with OUTspoken and Fillet of Solo.

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!

What to expect, and a little about The Teal Room at Pub 626

The Teal Room at Pub 626 is the backroom of the venue located at 1406 W. Morse Avenue.  There is a private entrance along Glenwood avenue, just north of Morse Avenue.  There is full bar and food service in the backroom, you can check out the menu here.  There is a single-user, gender-neutral bathroom in the event space, as well as multi-user, gender specific bathrooms just outside of the space.  The venue is located just off of the Morse stop on the Redline, and there is also street parking available in the neighborhood (much of it is metered, so take a look around!)

$20 online or at the door. In addition to our regular tickets ($20), we offer Pay What You Feel tickets at the door (you can pay $1 or $1,000, whatever feels right to you). Same show, same seating, same experience. Never let the ticket price stop you from seeing a show! Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.