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!

2nd Story and NOITP Presents: Stories at Willye White Park

Stories start at 2pm

Join 2nd Story this summer as we present stories in three different parks through the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks.’ That’s right! Three nights of free storytelling across the city! Bring your favorite picnic blanket and your best friends (or come out and make new friends!) to these all-outdoor shows. See you there!

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2nd Story and NOITP Presents: Stories at Elm Park

Stories start at 2pm

Join 2nd Story this summer as we present stories in three different parks through the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks.’ That’s right! Three nights of free storytelling across the city! Bring your favorite picnic blanket and your best friends (or come out and make new friends!) to these all-outdoor shows. See you there!

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2nd Story and NOITP Presents: Stories at The 606 - Walsh Park

Stories start at 7pm

Join 2nd Story this summer as we present stories in three different parks through the Chicago Park District’s ‘Night Out in the Parks.’ That’s right! Three nights of free storytelling across the city! Bring your favorite picnic blanket and your best friends (or come out and make new friends!) to these all-outdoor shows. See you there!

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In My Own Skin: Stories of the Body

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

Our bodies will betray us. We will get older. We will be forced to use our bodies in ways we never thought possible. We will grapple with how to exist in the skin we’ve been given. Hear four expert storytellers explore their relationships to themselves, to the outside world, and to the never-ending process of growth that time thrusts upon us.

PLEASE NOTE!

Madeline Bourdenko will be performing Friday, June 10 and Sunday, June 12; and Julie Ganey will be performing on Saturday June, 11

 

Curated by Nick Ward. Directed by Jess Kadish.

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Swimming Against the Tide: Stories of Fighting for Self

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

So often we are told “just do what feels right,” or “follow your heart.” But what if nothing feels right? Or being our truest selves isn’t safe? Or what if what we want and what we THINK we want are at odds? Hear three expert storytellers explore these questions, telling true stories about their experiences fighting for themselves and what they believe in.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Lexi Saunders.

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O Mother Where Art Thou: Stories of Nature versus Nurture

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

Mothers come in all forms, not just the stereotype of Donna Reed. There are also absent mothers and stand-in mothers, biological mothers and surrogate mothers, mothers who are defenders and mothers who are pretenders.

Mothers know the joys and pains of parenting and as sons and daughters we know the complicated nature of this significant relationship—whatever its form. Join us for our Mother’s Day show as we hear four storytellers explore how we care for each other, and ourselves, through the lens of mothering. From a young woman’s inquiry into the differences between her mother and herself, to a mentor discovering that she has slipped into the complicated role of stand-in mother, to a parent struggling to protect her child, to a new mother investigating the wonders of biology.  Come hear four new stories of nature versus nurture.

Curated by CP Chang. Directed by Liz Rice. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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2nd Story Fundraiser 2016 at Revolution Brewing!

The event include THREE hours (up from two last year) of unlimited Revolution Brewing beer and tasty treats!

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke.

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Spring Forward: Stories of Bursting into Self

As spring arrives, we see new beginnings at every turn.  Up from the ground push tulips and daffodils, small buds form on trees, the wind suddenly brings warmth along with it.  These transitions—from underground to above, from cold to warm—are welcome, but not without their struggles. Come hear four brand new stories about the struggles of transition, like the moment you see your best friend for who they truly are. Or when you realize you’ve been hiding from your own life and that it’s time to break into your fullest self.  Or how having a vision can make you question the rational thinking you’ve found comfort in throughout your life.  No matter what the moment, transition leads to something new. Join us to hear stories of springing forward and bursting into self.

Curated by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke. Directed by Julian Stroop. Sound Design by Billy Eline.

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When Words Escape Us: Stories of Deciphering Meaning

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

Sometimes the goldfish is more important than you are. Sometimes the news is worse than you thought. Or a person you love seems like someone else. At the highest and lowest and most ridiculous moments in our lives, words can be poor tools for capturing and expressing our reality. Syllables become foreign when we’re shoved into unfamiliar territory, immersed in the absurd, or when we’re facing down the incomprehensible.  This month, four storytellers tell you everything about moments in their lives when words lost their meaning.

Curated by Julie Ganey. Directed by CP Chang. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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When Things Finally Clicked: Stories of Finding the Right in the Wrong

Doors at 7:00pm; stories at 8pm.

Join us for a special evening of storytelling featuring four brand-new stories. From learning to redefine what normal means to deciding if there even is such a thing, this brave group of storytellers is digging deep to discover new perspectives, and find the right in the wrong.

Curated by Megan Shuchman. Directed by Krissy Vanderwarker. Sound Design by Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound.

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