2nd Story presents Cruel Summer TONIGHT at City Winery

Cruel Summer: Stories of Learning the Hard Way

July 29, 2013

Doors open at 6pm. Stories begin at 8pm.


Life is forever teaching us, but not all the lessons are easy to swallow. This July, 2nd Story will celebrate Chicago’s long tradition of summer music festivals with a bash of our own, as we make our first-ever appearance at City Winery in the West Loop for a one-night-only performance combining storytelling and live music. Join us as a teenage girl seeks a prince at her local Renaissance Faire, a professional actress is fired under the shadiest of circumstances, and a man questions the methods of the human heart. This summer we find out that life is always teaching us, but are we willing to learn?



Directed by Jess Kadish. Produced by Pat Fries. Sound Design by Mike Przygoda and the Przmatics.


The Storytellers


Bobby Biedrzycki

Bobby Biedrzycki is a writer, performer, and social activist who came to Chicago from St. Paul, Minnesota via The Bronx, New York. His writing has appeared in The Black Bear ReviewGhost FactoryAnte:thesis Volumes I & II, and Hair Trigger, and he is a company member of 2nd Story, where he serves as Director of Programming. Bobby is an adjunct faculty member of the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, and he teaches personal narrative performance at Gallery 37 for the Arts and the Goodman Theater.


Khanisha Foster

Khanisha Foster is a mixed race actress, writer, teaching artist, the Associate Artistic Director of2nd Story, ensemble member of Teatro Vista, a TCGYoung Leader of Color, and has collaborated with the Citizen’s Theatre in Scotland. She is in the film Chicago Boricua, is writing her memoir, HEROIN(E), screenplays, and has published a story about her work as a  teaching artist in the anthology Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low Flying Duck. She is currently performing her Solo Show Actor of Color. You can see more of her workhere and check out her blog Black, White, and Awesome.


Sarah Zematis

Sarah Zematis is a performer, writer, director & producer. She has worked throughout Chicago with companies such as Porchlight, Emerald City & Strawdog. Most recently, she was thrilled to be featured in the Chicago cast of Listen to your Mother, a nationwide storytelling event, giving Motherhood a microphone. Check out her story "Crazy Lazy Eye" here. Some of her more interesting performance credits include being a maiden at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, singing with an Andrews Sisters trio at Green Dolphin Street, and giving voice to deaf actors at Centerlight Theatre. But, far and away, her favorite gig is being Mom to her Wee Three. Not only do they fill the days with fun - they make for some excellent story material! To hear more, check out her podcast stories that are available for your listening pleasure: "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday" and "Privacy Please" (on iTunes).

About the Stories & Wine Series


At our flagship Stories & Wine series, held upstairs at Webster's Wine Bar in Lincoln Park or atBrasserie 54 in Andersonville, you'll have the opportunity to purchase a flight of wines, one wine for each story, while you dine.


What to expect, and a little about City Winery

Valet Service available from 5pm every night.  $10 per car, or $5 if you are a VinoFile Premier member.  Street parking in the West Loop is also pretty easy. The new Green Line stop at Morgan and Lake is also close by.

City Winery
1200 W Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

--Courtesy of 2nd Story.com

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