What is Story Sessions?

whatisstorysessionsStory Sessions is a monthly show, based in Chicago, featuring six different storytellers each month. Each performer shares a 10-minute non-fiction story that ties back to the theme for the night. The performers range from professional actors, playwrights and comedians to traditional writers and even first time tellers.

Each show begins with a live set of music as the audience arrives, finds their seats and gets comfortable with food and beverages. During the show, the audience is encouraged to anonymously write a line or two on Story Sessions stationery with their own thoughts related to the show theme. Some of the responses are read aloud by the host between stories.

While the stories are performed, an artist sketches an interpretation of each tale. At the end of the show, we distribute a bookmark with some of our favorite lines from the show as well as the next show date. After the show, we share the recording through our podcast, which now has more than 35,000 downloads.

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Recap: Fillet of Solo, January 24

Our final night of the Fillet of Solo festival began with the heavenly voices of the Bacon Sisters. Hosts Greg Poljacik and Denise Santomauro were up to their usual crazy antics, pointing out their color coordinated wardrobe for the evening. … Continue reading 

Recap: Fillet of Solo, January 17

Recap: Fillet of Solo, January 17

Our second performance at Fillet of Solo was ushered in by the musical musings of Brakes on the Highway. Host, Tamale Sepp, kicked off the show with a tale of a scientific study aided by “78 horses.”Our first featured performer, … Continue reading 

Recap: Fillet of Solo, January 10

Story Sessions welcomed a full house for our first of three nights at Fillet of Solo, a three-week story festival at Lifeline Theatre. Folk duo, (and newly engaged!) River Rising opened the show. Host, Tamale Sepp kicked off the night … Continue reading 

Three shows in January at Fillet of Solo

Sessions JAN10_17_24_cover-01Story Sessions is prime time! We are featured not once, not twice but three times in Chicago’s acclaimed Fillet of Solo festival at Lifeline Theatre. The festival features 16 story productions for a month of live shows.

Here’s what you need to know:
1.Saturday nights in January are going to be amazing. We are performing alongside Story Sessions amazing alumni/favorite producers-The Kates (Kelsie Huff), You’re Being Ridiculous (Jeremy Owens) and Story Club (Dana Norris and Andrew Marikis).

2. Special offer! Get a HALF PRICE discount to these shows- $5 for one show and $25* for the ENTIRE MONTH of shows. HOLY MOSES.

3. The festival is the coziest place to be in January. The seats come with blankets (WOAH.) We will be serving warm beverages. We will have music and merriment. And there’s a bar next door for our post show after-party!

What should you do right now?
Take advantage of this VIP discount! There is a limited supply- don’t miss out! Seriously. It’s big. And there’s a rumor that festival ticket holders get their own butler during the show.

More details about the festival can be found on the Fillet of Solo site. And connect with us on Facebook to read about the featured performers and other nifty updates.

We can’t wait to see you soon. Happy New Year!
Jill & Rachael

Story Fusion: A Story Sessions Collaboration

StoryFusion_Dec7Join us for a special edition of Story Sessions at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan. We’ll be collaborating with three story productions to create “Story Fusion.”

December 7
The Acorn Theater
107 Generations Dr. Three Oaks, MI
Tickets available at theacorntheater.com

October 25 Recap: Petrified

October 25 Recap: Petrified

Saturday, October 25 was the perfect fall day for a night under the stars at The Little House of Glencoe. Guests arrived early for a plentiful potluck and to enjoy a campfire favorite- tiny wieners. Guest musicians, “Brakes on the … Continue reading 

Campfire Illustrated

Campfire Illustrated

On October 25, our resident artist, Betsy Frymire, created a charcoal drawing of each story in the glow of the campfire. Amy Sumpter shows us you can get out of a speeding ticket by telling the officer you’re being chased … Continue reading 

Your complete guide to the Campfire Show

campfireHere’s our handy FAQ for our fall show!

What’s the time/date of the show?

Saturday, October 25, 7-9:30pm
6:30: Pre-show potluck
7:00: Stories begin

What should I bring?
Warm clothes, maybe an extra blanket just in case. A snack to share (encouraged but not required).

campfireWhere is this place?
The Little House of Glencoe (690 Birch Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022) is just off of 94. If you’re coming from the city, you get off 94 at Dundee and then travel about 3 miles to the destination.

What if I don’t have a car?
We have lots of people with cars who are happy to offer a ride. Let us know (email storysessionschicago at gmail.com) and we’ll get you there and back.

Is this different than other shows?
The format is similar as we have music, 6 storytellers and our fantastic resident artist drawing the stories. But this show is a little more casual as it’s outdoors. Food will be picnic/potluck style. And did we mention the fire? And the s’mores? And the hot dogs?

Can I bring my kids?
As always, there is adult content in the stories so it is not advised. Teens can be accompanied by adults- if you have specific kid questions, please let us know.

Are there tickets?
Yes! We use Brown Paper Tickets as our ticket vendor. We encourage advance tickets as all of our smaller shows have sold out.

IMG_9943What if it rains?
Forecast for Saturday is 60 and sunny but if we get any rain, we will gather around the fireplace inside and have stories, s’mores and cider there!

Are there bathrooms?
Yes- inside the cabin.

Can I bring my dog?
WOOF! If your dog will not interrupt the show, sure! Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Who will be telling stories?
Featured performers are Amy Sumpter, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Patrick Brennen, Gina Watters and Kendra Stevens. Read more about them here.

What should I do right now?
Get tickets for this not-to-be-missed event!

See you Saturday!

Connect with us on Facebook to stay current on Story Sessions activities. The campfire show will be hosted by us, the co-producers, Jill Howe & Rachael Smith.

October 25: Campfire Show!

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Story Sessions welcomes fall with one of our favorite traditions- stories around a real campfire at The Little House of Glencoe. Listen to the crackling of the wood and warm your face while six featured performers bring you stories on our theme, “Petrified”.

Our pre-show includes a potluck and live music. Dress warmly and bring your favorite snacks. We’ll provide hot chocolate and s’mores. The campfire is an intimate gathering- space is limited! Get your tickets early for a spooktacular Saturday night!

Saturday, October 25, 7-9pm
The Little House of Glencoe (690 Birch Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022)
6:30: Pre-show potluck
7:00: Stories begin
Tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or at the event, if still available.
Connect with us on Facebook to stay current on Story Sessions activities.

Featured performers:
Amy Sumpter, Jen Ellison, Kevin Gladish, Patrick Brennen, Gina Watters and Kendra Stevens

Read more about our performers here.
Hosted by co-producers Rachael Smith and Jill Howe.

“The Reckoning” Illustrated

“The Reckoning” Illustrated

Our resident artist, Betsy Cypert, now Betsy Frymire, draws the stories live as they happen. These epic creations are such a treasure for us and our performers. Julia Borcherts, “I’m 50 feet in the air walking across a steel beam … Continue reading