CHICAGO – Former Lifeline Theatre Artistic Director Dorothy Milne and former Live Bait Theater Artistic Director Sharon Evans are pleased to announce the 24th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival, presented by Lifeline Theatre and running virtually February 8–28, 2021. Celebrating the breadth of Chicago’s enduring storytelling and live lit scene, Lifeline virtually brings 15 storytelling collectives and 17 solo performers together from all over the country in a three-week, online gallery of powerful personal stories.
The 2021 Fillet of Solo Festival will stream February 8-28, online via a password protected website where ticket holders will have access to the full line up of stories until the Festival concludes. Ticket prices are “Name Your Price” (suggested donation of $20) for access to the gallery for the full three weeks, and $45 for a Festival Pass which allows full access PLUS live virtual extras including panel discussions and storytelling workshops with Festival artists from all over the world! Tickets/passes are available now for purchase by calling the Lifeline Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
The 24th Annual Fillet of Solo Festival will feature solo performances by:
Plus the work of the following storytelling collectives:
designed for people to tell their stories their way. It is sponsored by Voice Power Chicago on the first Friday of every month at the Flat Iron Arts Building in Wicker Park. Featuring: Vinny Greco, Maria Kostas and Victoria Montalbano.
FESTIVAL PASS LIVE EVENTS
Diving Into Scene with 2nd Story
Wednesday, February 10
7 – 9 p.m. CST
Join 2nd Story Artistic Director Amanda Delheimer and company member Julie Ganey for this skill building workshop focused on how to write scenes in personal narrative. Through a combination of full- and small-group work and plenty of interactive exercises, participants will hone their writing skills in 2nd Story’s signature scene-based style. Participants will leave with a draft of a scene, as well as tools and techniques for how to identify potential scenes in their stories, and how to flesh out those opportunities once discovered. (Note: this is *not* scene writing as in plays or screenplays.)
The Art of Vulnerability by Jill Howe of Story Sessions
Saturday, February 13
Noon – 2 p.m. CST
There are few things that people fear more than revealing their vulnerabilities, yet vulnerability is the gateway to deeper connection and wholehearted living. Storytelling is most successful when storytellers can share the full truth of the most meaningful moments of their lives bravely with others. Learning how to do this skillfully can alter every aspect of a person’s life in profound and far-reaching ways. This workshop will combine vulnerability, storytelling, performance, and craft. Participants will learn about the art, science, and psychology of vulnerability as it relates to the art of storytelling. We will learn what elements good stories have and how to mine our lives for resonant tales and, finally, how to begin to strategize and craft them for the page, stage, or dinner table. Storytelling can be transformational on a soul level. Give your stories that chance to take root and flourish.
Story Neighborhood by Lily Be of The Stoop
Saturday, February 20
3 – 5 p.m. CST
A short form version of Lily’s six-week workshop. The class will work together on a theme and a prompt and create a world by connecting the class narratives. Join the fun!
Lady Producers Unite!
Saturday, February 20
Noon – 1:30 p.m. CST
Moderated by Jill Howe of Story Sessions
Female and female-identifying producers from around the country share their shows and expertise with those who’d like to produce themselves, or, as a performer, who would like to know more about what producers are looking for with an encouragement to use these virtual times to widen submission reach! Now is the best time to get your voice involved in the national and global movement that is live storytelling! Find your voice and an outlet for creative passions in Chicago, and beyond.
Discussion with FoS 2021 Los Angeles Based Tellers
Sunday, February 21
3 – 4:15 p.m. CST
Moderated by Dorothy Milne
Join this incredible group of storytellers for a discussion on their storytelling and the L.A. storytelling scene. Featuring: Rose Abdoo, Jimmy Doyle, Bryan Kett, Rich Tackenberg, Bernard White, and Marcia Wilkie.
Storytelling and Producing as a Member of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color)
Saturday, February 27
1 – 2:15 p.m. CST
Moderated by Lily Be of The Stoop
Encouraging new tellers to share, helping producers find tellers. How does storytelling impact a community? How might producers become active in communities beyond featuring community members in a show? Panelists include Shannon Cason (Producer of Good Co Inc. and Homemade Stories), Nestor Gomez (Producer of 80 minutes Around the World), Gastor Almonte (Producer of Story Collider), Whitney Capps (Producer of Grown Folks Stories), & Archy Jamjun (Producer of OUTspoken LGBTQ series.)
The 2021 Fillet of Solo Festival will stream February 8-28, 2021, online via a password protected website where ticket holders will have access to the full line up of stories until the Festival concludes. Ticket prices are Name Your Price
(suggested donation of $20) for access to the gallery for the full three weeks, and $45 for a Festival Pass which allows full access PLUS live virtual extras including panel discussions and storytelling workshops with Festival artists from all over the world! Tickets/passes will be available for purchase starting December 11 by calling the Lifeline Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.
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Now in its 38th season, Lifeline Theatre continues to explore, interpret, and reimagine books and other literary works to create stories that move us beyond the margins of our own lives. Lifeline Theatre – Big Stories, Up Close.
Lifeline Theatre’s programs are partially supported by A.R.T League Inc.; The Bayless Family Foundation; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Chicago CityArts, a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; The Common Cup; Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; FGMK LLC; Flex Print, Inc.; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Illinois Arts Council Agency; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; The Polk Bros. Foundation; Rogers Park Social; S&C Electric Company Fund; Shaw Chicago; The Shubert Foundation; and the annual support of businesses and individuals.