Upcoming Shows

Below you’ll find the listings for all the performances we have currently scheduled. New performances pop up all the time, though, so keep checking back!

To see our entire season at a glance, click on the Season at a Glance submenu on the left.

Next to each event you’ll see a little icon. We have a number of different series that we do; each series involves the same 2nd Story style of storytelling you love, but incorporates a different partner element. At our Stories & Wine series, you can opt to partake in a four-wine tasting, where each wine is paired with one of our stories. At our Stories & Live Music series, we partner with a band or single musician to sculpt the evening. At our Stories & Chefs events, we give a stellar chef four stories and they craft four courses inspired by those stories, and the audience gets to experience it all!

2nd Story with Sliced Bread at UC

2nd Story regales you with stories at the Sliced Bread magazine release party at the University of Chicago!

Curated by Jess Kadish. Directed by Stephanie Chavara. Sound Design by Nick Kawahara.

This is a free event!

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Passing Through: Stories of Journey and Revelation

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

“Passing” can be a lot of things – from a lone ranger passing through an old Western town to someone who feels like they have to “pass” for something that society can fit into a box. Either way, we’ve all found ourselves passing through at some point or another. How does being forced to change our presentation affect who we are beyond the surface, and in what ways can it be revelatory? And as you pass through a place, time or even a person in your journey, how do you make sure that they have a lasting impact–or don’t?

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 Earliana McLaurin. Directed by Nic Dimond.

$20 online or cash at the door. Pay What You Feel tickets are always available!

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Many Identities, Many Stories: Celebrating 20 Years with UIC GSC

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

In the words of Audre Lorde, “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not lead single-issue lives.” And for the past 20 years, the Gender and Sexuality Center at UIC has celebrated the multiplicity of LGBTQ identities on campus and in the community. On April 16th, join 2nd Story and the GSC for an evening of stories inspired by the GSC’s work of creating safe spaces for people to be fully themselves. From a UIC alumnus facing his worst fears for the sake of helping a friend, to an artist having an epiphany about her work and life in a Waffle House, experience four original, true-to-life stories from across the broad and beautiful spectrum of LGBTQ lives.

Curated by Jess Kadish. Directed by Tyler James Greene. Sound Design by DJ Swaguerrilla.

$5 for UIC students/faculty/staff with ID; $10 for general public. Online or cash at the door.

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