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: 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.
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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.

Upcoming show: September 14, “The Reckoning”

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Join Story Sessions on September 14th at City Winery. This month’s show, “The Reckoning” will highlight six stories exploring life’s greatest grapples. Skilled storytellers will reckon their way through the wildest situations and the most heartfelt, hard-won truths. Bring an ear for listening, an appetite for City Winery’s finest and a heart full of love for the tales told.

Featured storytellers:
David Barish, Julia Borcherts, Pamela Bell, James Sweeney, Dana Norris and Norman Doucet

Hosted by:
Denise Poljacik and Dennis Frymire

Get your tickets here!

September 14, City Winery (1200 W Randolph)
5:30 Doors open
6-7: Live bluegrass by A Side of Bacon
7-9: Stories!

Next show: June 15 “Day of the Dad”

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This month’s Story Sessions falls on Fathers Day, so we’ll be bringing you the best and brightest storytellers and comedians from all over Chicago to tell their true, personal stories inspired by our theme, Day of the Dad. Just like family time, expect unexpected humor, truth bombs and good eating. A great way to spend Father’s Day, with or without Pops. Dad would want you to get there early and take in some live bluegrass tunes as well.
Get your tickets today!

5:30 pm: Doors open
6-7 pm: Live bluegrass music
7-9 pm: True stories, inspired by the theme “Day of the Dad”

Hosted by Deanna Moffitt
Produced by Rachael Smith & Jill Howe

Devour our May 21 show!

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Join us in May for a middle-of-the-week story binge. Bring your appetite– our storytellers will be sharing tales of FOOD!

Wednesday, May 21
6:30- Doors open
7:00- Bluegrass pre-show
7:30- Stories begin

Featured performers are James Sweeney, Martha Bayne, Art Jackson + Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson, Mindy Segal, Dani Bryant and Diana Slickman. Get your tickets here!
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April 27 Story Sessions: Around the World

APR 27_POSTERThis month, our featured performers will transport us to far off places, sharing their unique “Around the world” themed stories. Fasten your seat belts. Put your tray tables in the upright position. And away we go!

Our new venue for the April 27th show is Mahoneys (551 N Ogden)
5:30: Doors open
6:00: Resident musicians, Dog 1
7:00: Stories begin

Seating is general admission ($10). Come early to get your prime spot and grab a bite. Tickets now available!

Next show: March 16, “Phoenix Rising”

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Sunday, March 16: 6-9pm
Storytelling in Chicago continues to emerge as an intimate and compelling performance art. The perfect finale for your weekend, Story Sessions delivers seven true tales sharing this month’s theme, “Phoenix Rising”. Get there early and hear Chicago bluegrass band, Dog 1, open the show. And catch our resident artist, Betsy Cypert as she live sketches the stories during the show. It’s a story carnival you won’t want to miss!

Featured storytellers are Jen Bosworth, Cristie Chamberland, Andy Kerns, Arlene Malinowski, Greg Poljacik, Lindsay Porter and Dave Stinton.

Story Sessions is hosted by Deanna Moffitt and produced by Jill Howe and Rachael Smith.

 

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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Next show: February 16 “Love is…”

Next show: February 16 “Love is…”

Sunday, February 16: 6-9pm at City Winery Even in record low temps, storytelling in Chicago continues to heat up. Join us at one of the hottest storytelling shows, Story Sessions, for a night of music, stories and art. Appropriately themed … Continue reading