Hello friends! We are proud and pleased to bring you YET another incredible (and yet completely credible) line-up of featured storytellers. There is something very joyful about having the job of going out into the world and recognizing wonderful people who we want to… share with more wonderful people. It is exciting to introduce you to each other, and to watch friendships and creative relationships grow as a result.
This month, we have some beautiful humans joining us to share their thinking, their experiences and their stories. Some of the best people we know, they all also happen to be excellent artists and powerful performers. Here they are, in all their digital informational glory.
Tara DeFrancisco is a decorated performer and teacher for the iO, Second City, and ComedySportz theatres in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she made the move to pursue improv after college and became lucky enough to call it her full-time profession. Hailed as the “Funniest Person in Chicago“ by the Free Press, Top 25 in Curve Magazine, & one-to-watch in Time Out, she was even more recently awarded the Top 50 Performers in Chicago by New City – one of only three improvisers to receive the nod. You can see Tara on the new ABC Family show Delusions of Grandeur, and read her stuff at her website (taradefrancisco.com) or in the new online tablet reader, Paperweight Magazine. Around town, catch her often at ComedySportz mainstage and iO on The DelTones, Chaos Theory, Armando, PowerBall, and new experimental show DeFrancisCO.
Robert Brown is a poet & performance artist from Kansas City, Missouri. A member of the Real Talk Avenue Collective, Robert co-curates Real Talk Live, Chicago’s most raucous variety show. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, both as visual & performance art. Brown is a teaching artist at the American Jazz Museum and works as a Mentor Fellow in the Writing Center at Columbia College—he studies poetry at Columbia. A slam poet, Robert competed at the Brave New Voices Poetry Festival multiple times, as a pioneering member of his hometown’s youth poetry slam team. He is working on his first full length book of poems, tentatively titled Grapevine.
Caitlin Bergh is a Chicago comic & cast member at The Lincoln Lodge. She is the producer & host of The Funny Story Show at LooseLeaf Lounge and co-producer & co-host of Performance Anxiety Chicago at The Pleasure Chest and #LadyBros Comedy at Cole’s Bar. Caitlin is a Moth StorySLAM winner and a writer for In Our Words Blog. For more information, www.caitlinbergh.com.
Cory O’Brien knows a lot of stories. Mostly they are mythical stories, and mostly they get told on his website, which is bettermyths.com, but he also has a knack for having weird stuff happen to him, so he knows stories about those things too. He’s got a book of myths coming out in March, called ZEUS GRANTS STUPID WISHES: A NO BULLSHIT GUIDE TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY by Cory O’Brien.
As a freelance copywriter, Tom Wolferman has written about surgeon’s gloves, cat litter, cement, pinball machines, hardware stores, men’s suits, engineered plastic products, higher education and lower Michigan. Tom’s humor has appeared in the Chicago Reader and Chicago Tribune and he has shared stories at Essay Fiesta, Story Club and This Much Is True. He once applied for a job as “mopper” because it was misspelled as “moper.” Although experienced in brooding, he was not hired.
November 4th, 7:30 house opens/8pm show
Stage 773, 1225 West Belmont
$5 admission, FREE with a dish for the potluck
Hope to see you there!