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!

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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Who's That in the Mirror?: Stories of Growth and Reflection

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

Often we think we know ourselves, and then life comes along and hands us an experience that turns us on our heads. How do we discover what we want out of life? How do we grow into who we were meant to be? From a young boy’s reckoning with his strict father to a young woman’s brush with consent, from love to loss to laughter, these four stories explore what happens when someone on the outside changes who we are on the inside.

Curated by Jessica Young. Directed by Dorothy Milne. Sound Design by Matthew Chapman.

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Please, Oh Please: Stories of Asking for the Inconceivable

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

Asking for what we need can make us feel vulnerable, and asking for what we seems impossible, well, that takes a special kind of courage. Will our wishes forever stay out of reach? Why yearn for something that you might not get? But when we do ask, despite the odds, sometimes the universe rewards us in unexpected ways. From a young woman asking her family to be something it isn’t to a son watching his own Christmas wishes evolve as he ages, listen as four tellers ask the universe for their deepest desires.

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

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All in the Family: Stories of Love and Strife

Doors at 6pm; stories at 8pm.

Kick off Thanksgiving week with some of our favorite 2nd Story stories about negotiating the beauty and challenge of family. From a daughter dealing with her dying father to a son negotiating the dating challenges of his newly divorced mother, 2nd Story will share four fantastic (and hilarious and heartbreaking and heartwarming) stories about the fun and frenzy created by those we love.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Tyler Greene. Sound Design by Taryn Rosenquist and Band.

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Fish Out of Water: Stories of Finding Comfort in the "Other"

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

What do you do when you know you don’t belong? Follow four women as they unexpectedly find themselves navigating the waters of “otherness” in society, family, and within one’s self. From one woman’s tale of border-less love to another’s lifelong quest to define her nuclear family, these empowering stories will confront, defy, and truly redefine the label of “other”.

Curated by Earliana McLaurin and Margaret Marion. Directed by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Sound Design by Brandon Reed.

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Bursting at the Seams: Stories of Exploding into Self

Join us for true queer tales of institutional change and personal transformation. This event is part of the UIC Peace Project, an initiative of the Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change.

PUJA is at street level and accessible for people in wheelchairs.

Curated by Amanda Delheimer Dimond. Directed by Dorothy Milne.

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Again and Again and Again: Stories of Ritual and Surrender

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

Rituals dictate our lives, from our morning beverages to our spiritual growth. Some rituals we make ourselves, some descend from family, history, culture. How do we respond when presented with our rituals? Hear us explore this theme through stories of a girl fighting against a manicured life, a man struggling with his religious upbringing, a high school student skipping school to get closer to a boy she likes, and a young woman’s attempt to be fully autonomous. Will our tellers embrace the rituals of their lives? Will they fight back?

Curated by Nick Ward. Directed by Julian Stroop. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

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And So It Begins: Stories of New Beginnings and Second Chances

Join us for the kick off to 2nd Story’s amazing 2015/16 season. We are proud to start our season with four veteran storytellers, all with original pieces about starting over or deciding on a new beginning. From a teenage golden child getting her license revoked after a series of serious speeding infractions to a young man learning to start over in the face of unrequited love, these tellers search to finally get it right.

EXTRA SPECIAL COCKTAIL HOUR: We are taking over the private bar at Mayne Stage starting at 6:30pm and want you to be our guests. Enjoy a ‘drink on us,’ munch on light snacks, and mingle with 2nd Story Collective members. Tickets are $40, and include an entry into a raffle prize that you won’t want to miss! Then stay for the first show of our season!

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. Read more about this initiative to eliminate real and perceived financial barriers here.

Curated by Megan Shuchman and Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke. Directed by Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke.

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