Past Events

Trying to remember who that fantastic storyteller was at that great 2nd Story show you saw last month? Want to find out the name of the band at the Stories and Music show that just ended? Check out our past shows here!

Now You See Me: Stories of Public and Private Self

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

As children we often play peek-a-boo, searching and giggling as adult faces vanish and then reappear before our eyes. And as we grow older, we begin to play a similar game of hide-and-seek with the parts of ourselves we make public to the world. This April, 2nd Story celebrates our 15th Birthday by sharing stories of public and private self. From a woman who spends a year living as an Oprah devotee, to a man tasked with teaching sex-ed to his autistic brother, this April we lift the curtain and present stories of self.

Curated by Deb Lewis. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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No Fool: Stories of Risk and Strategy

Doors at 6pm; show begins at 8pm.

Do we survive life’s biggest challenges through lucky breaks? Or high-level strategizing? This April 1st, 2nd Story will bring its signature Stories & Live Music Series to City Winery for “No Fool: Stories of Risk and Strategy” as we present moments of heightened drama. From a man’s late night encounter with police officers, to a woman trying to make sense of a neighborhood family’s grieving process, this April Fool’s Day we flip the script on all the foolishness and bring you stories of risk and strategy.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Thrisa Hodits.

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Fundraiser at Revolution Brewing: Game On: Stories of Turning It Up

Doors open at 6 pm, unlimited tasting of food and craft beers from 6-8 pm.

Sometimes, we are facing a moment of drama so huge that there’s no choice but to dig in and turn up. This March, join 2nd Story for our annual fundraiser at Revolution Brewery as two of our most dynamic company members, Margaret Marion and Bobby Biedrzycki, share stories of turning it up. From a high school cheerleader in love with a star player on a rival team, to a man learning to accept the destruction in his past, join 2nd Story at Revolution Brewing as we give you stories of turning it up.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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2nd Story at Story Week

Doors at 5:45. Free and open to public.

2nd Story is thrilled to be a part of The Story Week Festival of Writers, a celebration of story in fiction, film, theater, art, music and publishing. This is our sixth year opening this jam-packed week of readings, performances, panels and discussions and we couldn’t be more excited—it’s one of our favorite parties of the year! We’ll be partnering up with the fabulous Harold Washington Trio to take over Martrys’ with four brand new stories: from a mother led away in handcuffs in front of her daughters to a woman grappling with the consequences of a new boyfriend’s lie, these storytellers examine the choices we make when there’s no other choice.

Curated by Megan Stielstra. Directed by Jess Kadish. Sound Design by Harold Washington Trio.

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Once More Unto the Breach: Stories of Beautiful Struggle

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

As humans we encounter challenges literally from the moment we come into the world, beginning with our first breath. These challenges can be physical, emotional, even spiritual, and while these struggles can be frustrating and maddening, they can also lead to great beauty, often teaching us something about ourselves that we may not have known otherwise. This March, 2nd Story celebrates the beautiful struggle with four brand new stories. From a friend trying to save another friend from a cult, to a woman trying to learn to be a mother to another mother’s children, this month we ask you to come with us, as we go once more unto the breach.

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Any Minute Now: Stories of Loving and Looking

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

We’re taught from a very young age that we are supposed to find our “other half,” someone to make us feel complete. But we are not always taught how to find them, or how to love them once they show up. This February, in a very special Valentine’s Day edition of 2nd Story, our tellers share experiences of loving and looking. From a man trying to decide whether or not he should propose to his partner, to the scary yet sometimes beautiful world of internet dating, this Valentine’s Day 2nd Story is your date night destination, as we give to you stories of loving and looking.

Curated by Molly Each. Directed by Reshmi Hazra. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

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Cocktail Hour with 2nd Story

Join us for cocktails at Marty’s Martini Bar! There is no formal event, but we’d love to meet you and hear the stories that you have to tell, whether inspired by your favorite 2nd Story story or not. A portion of the proceeds that Marty’s takes in between 2pm and 5pm will go to support 2nd Story.


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2nd Story at Fillet of Solo: The Backyard

Doors at 5:30pm; show at 6pm.

Nick Ward, long-time 2nd Story company member, tells his story of the building, breaking, and remaking of a close friendship; the effect of death on those left behind; and the awesome power of rock’n'roll.

Directed by Jess Kadish.

Nick Ward

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Fresh and Clean: Stories of Brand New

Doors at 7pm; show at 7:30pm.

So the new year is upon us, and everything is fresh and clean. Or, is it? This January 2nd Story celebrates the beginning of 2014 with a show dedicated to the brand new. We will have three brand new stories by three completely brand new tellers (each making their 2nd Story debut!), paired with one 2nd Story veteran, all sharing stories of newness. From a woman finding a surprise connection in a dance class, to a young boy trying to regain control in a world that has spun out, this January 2nd Story has that new car smell, fresh and clean.

Curated by Bobby Biedrzycki. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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2nd Story at Fillet of Solo: Love Thy Neighbor...'til It Hurts

Doors at 4:30pm; show starts at 5pm.

Julie Ganey, theatre and storytelling veteran, and longtime resident of Rogers Park, asks, “What does it mean to be a good neighbor in one of the most diverse communities in the country?” A tenacious look at how we misunderstand, mistake and misjudge each other – and choose to live together anyway.

Directed by Megan Shuchman.

Julie Ganey

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