Storytelling

The Real Black Swan Confessions of America’s First Black Drag Queen

The Real Black Swan… is the true story of William Dorsey Swann, a former slave who became the Queen of Drag in the late 1800s. She became the first gay rights activist and one of the first civil rights activists.

This one-actor historical drag show strikes the perfect balance of historical and personal and it does so with a lot of heart.

The Princess Strikes Back: One Woman’s Search for the Space Cowboy of Her Dreams

“I was Princess Leia, the most badass force-sensitive being in the galaxy! And I wanted Han Solo: tight pants, big blaster…” – Victoria Montalbano

In 1977, 13-year-old Victoria Montalbano was introduced to her perfect man, Han Solo, and she’s been looking for him ever since. In this solo comedy show called “delightful” and “highly energetic” by Around the Town: Chicago, watch as she grows from awkward theatre kid to professional out-of-work actress while swiping her way through a galaxy far, far away!

The Jester of All Maladies

IndyFringe vet, Kurt Fitzpatrick, was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019. Boo! He got through it with a bunch of chemo, stimulating immunotherapy, heaps of Facebook love, and a generous supply of Fig Newtons. Join Kurt as he shares his comically inspiration tale and sobering adventures of getting through… the C-word. From the creator of “Cathedral City”

The Barn Identity

Erika MacDonald is NOT AN AMNESIAC SPECIAL FORCES AGENT!!! But she is a MULTI-AWARD-WINNING internationally touring solo performer who became obsessed with falling-down barns after a movie she saw put her in the Emergency Room. The Barn Identity is an entertaining, funny, and moving storytelling spectacle.

ShMILF Life

Finding love is hard. Finding love when you’re old is harder. Finding love when you’re old and transgender? (spoiler alert; you don’t).

Welcome to the shMILF Life. This hilarious and touching storytelling show from Penny Sterling takes you on a journey through the pitfalls of dating from the fringe.

Scars

“Sisu” is a Finnish term that can be roughly translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. Scars tells the story of Lissa Sears as she embodies “sisu” and takes you on her moving life journey told through pictures. This moving storytelling experience filled with audience interaction is sure to bring laughs, tears, and flat out love.

Sadec 1965: A Love Story

After finding out that her estranged father has cancer, Flora goes on a 6-week solo motorcycle trip through his homeland of Vietnam to make sense of her difficult relationship with him. Her search for answers takes her on an incredible journey allowing her memories to take on a new meaning. Sadec 1965 is a 60-minute solo storytelling show best described as “Motorcycle Diaries” meets “Eat, Pray, Love” set in Vietnam. Don’t miss this exciting road trip story about a young woman and her deep hero’s journey.

LeLand Loves Bigfoot

“Would you go into the woods with a stranger from small town Kentucky to find Bigfoot? I did.” – Stewart Huff

A liberal hippie (Huff) goes into the woods with a Republican Redneck to find Bigfoot in this one person comedy show written and performed by Stewart Huff.

Jon Bennett: Fire in the Meth Lab

Renowned Australian storyteller, Jon Bennett, tells the amazingly sordid and bizarre story of his brother’s life. A sometimes shocking and chaotic tale, Bennett recounts his brother’s experiences with both charismatic hilarity and heart-warming, poignant reflection.

Fire in the Meth Lab tells of drug dealers, bikers, high-speed car chases, fights, crime, prison, vomit, exploding houses, and even cancer. The show explores brotherly relationships and how siblings with the same upbringing can choose very separate paths.

How Do You Read Me?

America in 2022 is awash with buzzwords and assumptions about who someone is based on labels and learned prejudices. In How Do You Read Me, storytellers Howard Lieberman and Loren Niemi look to their experience of the assumptions we make about others with intimate and revealing stories that are by turns insightful and humorous while questioning the assumptions of what it means to be “other” in America.

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