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: “Love is…” Show

On February 22, we embraced the spirit of Valentines Day for our 2nd annual “Love is…” show. And what says “love is…” better than opening the show with a bluegrass set of murder ballads? Today’s musical guests were Chelsea Burns, … Continue reading 

Love Illustrated

Love Illustrated

On February 22, resident artist, Betsy Frymire, dazzled our storytellers and audience with her illustrated depictions of each tale. Betsy kicked off our inaugural brunch show with a drawing devoted to this month’s theme, “Love is…” Tom Wolferman: “I am … Continue reading 

Love is…Our February 22 Brunch

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Oh brunch, how I have longed for thee. And now, the wait is over.

On Sunday, February 22, Story Sessions is having a brunch show! Six performers will grace your benedict and bacon with true stories on the theme of “Love is…”

But it’s not what you think. It’s not a couples show. It doesn’t get all wrapped up in the end. Love is messy. Love is complicated. Love is weird. And that’s how we like it. Join us for this epic event and get your tickets today!

Story Sessions, “Love is…”
Date: Sunday, February 22
Location: City Winery, 1200 W Randolph
Doors open: 10:30am
Show begins: 11:00am
Tickets: City Winery website

Featured performers: MT Cozzola, Marty McConnell, Danielle Pinnock, James Sweeney, Ted Wesenburg and Tom Wolferman

Music by: Chelsea Burns, Dan Fuchs and Andy Miller

Produced by: Jill Howe and Rachael Smith

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
6pm
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