2nd Story Presents "Say My Name: Stories of Journey and Identity" Saturday March 30th at the Underground Wonder Bar

2nd Story Presents "Say My Name: Stories of Journey and Identity" Saturday March 30th at the Underground Wonder Bar

What are the stories that reside in our names? And how do our names define us? This March we bring you four stories rooted in names, and the journeys we take to define and defend who we are. From a young man’s playground battle to defend the name given to him on another continent, to a woman struggling to make peace with the parts of her mother now living inside her, this month we ask you to say our names, as we bring you stories of journey and identity.

Curated by Megan Shuchman. Directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary. Produced by Ozzie Totten. Sound Design by Eric Hazen.

Doors open at 7pm. Stories begin at 7:30pm. $15 online, $20 at the door.

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.



Irasema Gonzalez

Irasema Gonzalez is the Little Village girl that daydreamed a bit too much and grew up to be a multi-genre writer indulging in creative interludes with a hook and yarn. A founding member of Proyecto Latina, a project that includes a reading series and a blog dedicated to featuring and documenting the work of Latinas. Her poems have appeared in the chapbook, Afternoon Wine: Vicios, Sueños y Confesiones, Ariel XXVIII, and in Between the Heart and the Land: An Anthology of Midwestern Latina Poets by March Abrazo Press. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and currently works at a community arts organization in Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood where she pens grants and oversees education programs.



L’Oréal Patrice Jackson

L’Oréal Patrice Jackson is an Artist rooted in theatre, music, movement and writing. Ms. Jackson hails from the east coast. In Chicago she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and has worked as a professional actor in theatre, film, and voiceover. As an Arts Educator she teaches theatre performance, improvisation,  storytelling, and multi-disciplinary art, She has worked with Steppenwolf Theatre,  Columbia College of Chicago, Changing Worlds, The Beverly Arts center and Writers  Theatre. Ms. Jackson also serves as the Artistic Director for Sankofa Theatre Company. You can also catch Ms. Jackson as her alter-ego Lynn Royale the “Urban, Sex Positive, Goddess Nymph.”  Lynn Royale’s mission is to inspire honest and frank dialogue about sex  and sexuality and to empower queer youth.



Senyo Ador

Poet and editor, Senyo Ador, was raised between Accra, Ghana and Chicago’s western suburbs. He was heavily influenced by Nikola Tesla, the pioneering electrical engineer, humanitarian, and showman from Austria. Senyo_Twilight is now using the power in his words to energize audiences the world over to act on causes both locally and remote.


About the Stories & Spirits Series

At our Stories and Spirits shows, you’ll hear innovative storytelling from 2nd Story in the Wonderlab of the famous Underground Wonder Bar in River North.

What to expect, and a little about Underground Wonder Bar


  There is no parking available at Underground Wonder Bar, and though street parking is available at metered spaces, it can be limited given the neighborhood.

When you arrive at the Underground Wonder Bar, please proceed to the basement and check in with the 2nd Story box office. If you’ve bought tickets online, we’ll be happy to check your name off the list. You’re welcome to purchase tickets when you arrive, but please keep in mind that we can only accept cash or check when you purchase tickets at the door.

Enjoy the show!


Underground Wonder Bar
710 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL

Doors open at 7pm. Stories begin at 7:30pm. $15 online, $20 at the door.

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