This Is Where We Are: Stories Of Self And Acceptance

What happens when someone isn’t who we thought they were? What happens when that someone is us? A celebrity crush crashes an anniversary celebration; a woman wrestles the ghost haunting her new life; a child rules her new world with both velvet glove and iron fist; a mother struggles to give her daughter the world she never had. This month, our tellers search for answers as they search for themselves—whether they like what they find or not.

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

Deborah Hines

Deborah is a South Sider, transplanted to the strange land of the North Side. She's been a make-up artist, spa manager, esthetician, typesetter, long distance telephone operator, but always—since childhood—she's been a writer. She's told her stories at Columbia College's Story Week, 2nd Story's Intensive Writing Workshop and at Royal Souls in Rogers Park, where she shares hosting responsibilities. She also appears with threecatproductions at the Berger Park Cultural Center in Edgewater. Twice she's been admitted into Northwestern's MA/MFA Apprentices Writing Program. She's a participant in The Center for Education and Engagement at the Goodman Theatre's GeNarrations and Intergens programs, and is a proud member of the Chicago Public Library's Lincoln-Belmont Branch Writing Group. Deborah earned her BA with an English major and a French minor and worked on a Master's in Creative Writing. She is thrilled to make her storytelling debut this season with 2nd Story.

Erica Cruz Hernandez

Erica Cruz Hernandez is a Chicago performer, talent agent, and ensemble member with Chicago’s Spanish speaking Aguijón Theater Company.  As a performer, select credits with Aguijón include La Chunga. Querido Voyeur, Antigona, and the bilingual production of Soldaderas at the company’s home theatre here in Chicago, in addition to performances for the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival and the Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz in Bogotá, Colombia.  As an agent with Lily’s Talent Agency she has booked talent for numerous commercials and tv shows such as Chicago Fire, Med, PD, Empire and has booked models for print clients such as Coca-Cola, Groupon, Kohls, and Bon-Ton among others.  Erica is also a fierce advocate for diversity in the arts and is an administrative associate with ALTA Chicago (the Alliance of Latin Theatre Artists).

Jasmin Cardenas

Jasmin Cardenas  loves performing with her 2nd Story family! Just back from making her national debut performing The Exchange Place at The National Storytelling Festival in Jonesburough, TN,  Jasmin is on cloud nine!  A child of Colombian immigrants Jasmin enjoys sharing the joys and challenges of being bi-cultural in her personal tales for children and adults. Her touring program Cuentos From the Americas takes listeners on a journey through folktales, and ancient myths and legends as she weaves between languages. One of the first Latina’s to receive The Race Bridges Storytelling Fellowship Award Jasmin uses storytelling and theater to pursue justice and humanity. A professional actress and Chicago native, Jasmin has performed at Steppenwolf and Goodman Theater, among others and is an ensemble member of UrbanTheater Company.  A proud SAG-AFTRA member her TV credits include ABC Betrayal & NBC Chicago Fire. Jasmin knows she would be nowhere if not for her unbelievably supportive family & friends! GRACIAS!!! Follow her @<> or check out her NEW website!!

Lizzie Duszynski

Lizzie Duszynski is an editor for a national parenting magazine and a freelance writer. She holds a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and lives in Chicago with her husband and two-year-old daughter.

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!