Project Compass is a series of events aimed at getting people thinking and dialoguing about what goes into making a decision, and how we are each guided by our own moral compass.
The events serve as fodder for a Steppenwolf for Young Adults piece Michael Rohd is devising for next season. A few weeks ago, I was asked to perform a piece at a Compass event based on the question: If you had one do over, what would you do, what would you say?
I revisited and reworked a story from a few years ago to create a five-minute piece. The link to the audio is here.
This fall, I spent four months working with older adults and teens from Evanston and Skokie, creating a story-based performance piece around race. The project was a collaboration between the Illinois Holocaust Museum, Next Theatre, and the Evanston YWCA, and the performance piece was commissioned to be performed at the Holocaust Museum as part of the exhibit Race: Are We So Different? I spent several weeks last summer looking for community members who would be willing meet a couple of times a month to talk about their experience of race locally and personally. And I ended up with a fantastic ensemble of about 30 teens from Niles West and Niles North High Schools, and 25 or so older adults. The group included lifelong Evanston residents and participants who had immigrated from all over the world: Haiti, Iraq, Syria, South America.
We met for months to share stories about assumptions and labels, skin color, segregation in Evanston, and cultural identity. We acknowledged our biases and even hung them up for a while to witness each other’s lives. The result was Voices of Race, performed by 26 teens and seniors for over 500 Evanston/Skokie residents.
January 11th, 12:00pm, Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie
January 14th, 5:00pm, Niles North High School
January 15th, 5:00pm, Niles West High School
Agreed Upon Fictions
by Shayne Kennedy, playwright-in-residence
Directed by Megan Shuchman
EXTENDED THRU NOVEMBER 2!
Katie is a good mother. She’s a natural Good Samaritan, and her family is happy and secure.
But when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat, Katie’s instincts lead her to try to protect both her neighbor and her family, leaving no one feeling safe.
If you’ve not heard 2nd Story’s fabulous podcast, check it out. Mine is the first one of this latest edition.
Here is a piece I wrote for Chicago Artists Resource. They have a lot of great articles about the many facets of being an artist. Check them out at http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org
I am very excited to be remounting my one woman show Love Thy Neighbor at the Side Project Theatre Company, especially because this time I’ll be joined by dozens of Chicago storytelling veterans, people who have inspired me for years. And I’ll also be joined by a host of storytellers new to the craft who have taken the big and courageous step of telling their stories in this medium for the very first time. If you can join us for one or two nights, I promise you will not be disappointed.
Bring the little ones to 2nd Story’s first storytelling event especially for kids of all ages. My daughter heard an early draft of my story and declared it “Really good. No seriously, Mom – it’s really good!” High praise from an 8 year old otherwise not inclined to hand out praise for anything.
I am thrilled to be returning to 16th Street Theater this summer with my show “Love Thy Neighbor…till it hurts” as part of the 2012 Words in Motion Series that includes Chicago heavyweights Tony Fitzpatrick and Arlene Malinowski.