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The 16th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival
January 3-20, 2013

As part of its 30th Anniversary season of Big Stories, Up Close, Lifeline Theatre is thrilled to partner with a host of local performance groups in a vibrant celebration of Chicago’s long-lived storytelling and Live Lit scene.

The 2013 solo performance and storytelling festival features the work of:

Plus, solo performances by Amanda Rountree, Kim Morris, and Eric Warner.

DATES & TIMES
Performance times (January 3-20) are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7pm and 8:30pm; and Sundays at 4pm and 6pm (see the complete Schedule below).

LOCATIONS
Performances are at Lifeline Theatre and Heartland Studio Theatre (free parking and shuttle available; see Performance Venues below for more details).

TICKETS
Tickets are only $10 for each performance, and Festival Passes are available for only $30, which allow admission to any number of performances. Tickets may be purchased from the Lifeline Theatre box office (773.761.4477) or online.

Buy Festival Passes here!

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PERFORMANCE VENUES

Lifeline Theatre
6912 N. Glenwood Avenue

Heartland Studio Theatre
7016 N. Glenwood Avenue

Both venues are located in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, in the Glenwood Avenue Arts District, steps from the Morse Red Line CTA stop. Free parking is available at the designated lot west of the theatres (NE corner of Morse and Ravenswood) with free shuttle service before and after the shows. Street parking is also available.

For all performances, call the Lifeline Theatre box office for tickets (773.761.4477) or click here.

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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE: January 3-6
Thursday, January 3
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
8:30pm — GayCo
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
8:30pm — Amanda Rountree
Friday, January 4
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — 2nd Story
8:30pm — Stir Friday Night
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — Sweat Girls
8:30pm — the kates
Saturday, January 5
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — Write Club
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — enSOLO
8:30pm — Eric Warner
Sunday, January 6
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Kim Morris

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WEEK TWO: January 10-13
Thursday, January 10
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
8:30pm — GayCo
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — the kates
8:30pm — Eric Warner
Friday, January 11
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — 2nd Story
8:30pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — enSOLO
8:30pm — Kim Morris
Saturday, January 12
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — Write Club
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — Stir Friday Night
8:30pm — Amanda Rountree
Sunday, January 13
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
6:00pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project

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WEEK THREE: January 17-20
Thursday, January 17
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — You're Being Ridiculous
8:30pm — Write Club
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — enSOLO
8:30pm — Kim Morris
Friday, January 18
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — 2nd Story
8:30pm — Stir Friday Night
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — Sweat Girls
8:30pm — Eric Warner
Saturday, January 19
Lifeline Theatre
7:00pm — Story Club
8:30pm — GayCo
Heartland Studio Theatre
7:00pm — Lifeline Storytelling Project
8:30pm — the kates
Sunday, January 20
Lifeline Theatre
4:00pm — Sweat Girls
6:00pm — Tellin' Tales Theatre/Tekki Lomnicki
Heartland Studio Theatre
4:00pm — Amanda Rountree

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PERFORMERS

2nd Story
A collective of story-makers and story-lovers working together to build community through the power of storytelling. 2nd Story hosts events that fuse page, stage, and sound to deliver a unique, live, literary/ theatrical experience.

Performances
Friday, January 4, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 11, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 18, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
enSOLO
An ensemble of solo performers who write together and perform alone. A little bit of non-fiction, story telling, and performance art with no 4th wall. Everything biographical. enSOLO strives to find universal truth through specificity and brutal honesty.

Performances
Saturday, January 5, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 11, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm (Heartland)
GayCo
A theatre ensemble that specializes in creating sketch-comedy revues based on gay/lesbian themes. Since starting as a lesbigay focused workshop at the Second City Training Center in 1996, they’ve performed for massive, enthusiastic, sexy gay audiences in Chicago and around the country.

Performances
Thursday, January 3, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Thursday, January 10, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 19, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
the kates
An all-female comedy group that encompasses the distinct voices of up and coming Chicago performers. The kates provide an intimate night of comedy with pieces ranging from darkly amusing musical numbers, the awkward art of clowning, absurd solo performances, and uproarious stand up comedy.

Performances
Friday, January 4, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Thursday, January 10, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 19, 8:30pm (Heartland)
The Lifeline Storytelling Project
The Lifeline Storytelling Project is an incubation program for young professional writers and performers led by Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne.

Performances
Thursday, January 3, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 13, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 19, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Kim Morris
The best lessons learned come from crashes you get up from. Kim's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications. She’s written several short plays and her work has been performed at many venues in Chicago and in New York. She wrote and performed original pieces for the Fillet of Solo festival in 2010 and 2011, performed a devised ensemble piece for the 2011 Chicago Fringe Festival, and wrote and performed her solo show at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival.

Performances
Sunday, January 6, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 11, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Thursday, January 17, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Amanda Rountree
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.

Performances
Thursday, January 3, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Saturday, January 12, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 20, 4:00pm (Heartland)
Stir Friday Night
Asian. American. Comedy. Based in Chicago and one of the nation’s premier Asian-American sketch comedy troupes. Having worked with The Second City and iO, Stir Friday Night has become a fixture in Chicago’s illustrious comedy scene.

Performances
Friday, January 4, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 12, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 18, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Story Club
Story Club is like Fight Club, only they tell stories instead of punching each other and everyone talks about it. Story Club mixes the spontaneity of an open mic with the experience of live theatre.

Performances
Saturday, January 5, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 12, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 19, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Sweat Girls
The Sweat Girls speak with honesty, authenticity and humor about the human condition as they’ve experienced it. They have been writing and performing storytelling shows in Chicago for the past 20 years.

Performances
Friday, January 4, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 6, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 13, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Friday, January 18, 7:00pm (Heartland)
Sunday, January 20, 4:00pm (Lifeline)
Eric Warner
By the time he turned 30, Eric Warner thought that he’d be married, have a two story house, a Firebird, two kids, three dogs, and a full head of hair. None of those things happened; instead he worked odd jobs, was single for 8 years, and became obsessed with reading about explorers. When he was laid off from his job and his first relationship in almost a decade, he went out into the wild.

Performances
Saturday, January 5, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Thursday, January 10, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Friday, January 18, 8:30pm (Heartland)
Tellin' Tales Theatre
Tellin' Tales Theatre builds community through story — adult solo performances as well as "Six Stories Up", a mentoring program and show featuring kids and adults, with and without disabilities.

Tekki Lomnicki is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Artists Award in Theater and the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance.

Tekki will be joined by Anne Purky and Beth Ann Bryant-Richards.

Performances
Friday, January 11, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 13, 6:00pm (Lifeline)
Sunday, January 20, 6:00pm (Lifeline)
Write Club
2 opposing writers. 2 opposing ideas. 7 minutes apiece. The audience picks a winner. Write Club is bare knuckled lit. Write Club is literature as blood sport. Write Club does good without being annoying about it. Write Club features a rotating lineup of Chicago’s most audacious and fearsome writer/performers.

Performances
Saturday, January 5, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Saturday, January 12, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
Thursday, January 17, 8:30pm (Lifeline)
You're Being Ridiculous
Just a group of real people telling real funny stories about their lives with a theme as their guide. Their motto is, "good stories are better than good times." They laugh at themselves and laugh with each other. Everyone has a story to tell. What’s yours?

Performances
Thursday, January 3, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Thursday, January 10, 7:00pm (Lifeline)
Thursday, January 17, 7:00pm (Lifeline)

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