Cabaret on the Lake


Join Three Cat Productions for Cabaret on the Lake.  Cabaret on the Lake is a free, monthly variety show giving singers, storytellers, comedians, performance artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and solo artists of every type a place to develop their work.

Held the 2nd Friday of the month at the Berger Park Cultural Center, experienced performers split the bill with artists learning their craft or trying new material for the first time. Hosted by Rob Dorn – singer, storyteller, national Broadway musical theater tour veteran, and Green Mill regular. Curator and Creative Producer Laura Scruggs.    

Chances are good Cabaret on the Lake will show you something or someone you’ve never seen before. And it’s a great way to get taste of Three Cat for free!

Want to see a history of past performers, visit our performance timeline here.

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October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm


Jharmaine Boyd, Roberta Miles, Sheri Reda, Julie Soroko, and Eileen Tull

Meet the Performers

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About Jharmaine Boyd

A good portion of Jharmaine’s life, her heart was restless. She was seeking for freedom, comfort, security, and joy in all those places we tend to look for it: relationships, ambitions, beauty, money, knowledge, sex, power, tangible things, and intangible things. She believed if she just found the dream job, had the perfect body, the right wardrobe, lived in the right place, or loved herself more she would finally be happy. If her boyfriend would just be who she wanted him to be, she would finally be secure. If she knew enough information or had positive thoughts, then she could finally be free. This desperate search would lead to feelings of insecurity, yet she would repeat the vicious cycle. In 2012, the Lord separated her from people, places, and pleasures. In His love and great pleasure, He revealed to her His unconditional love. God paid the price for her heart by sending Himself to die on the cross as atonement for her sins. By God’s grace, Jharmaine uses her talents to encourage His bride towards this very truth – No man, no self improvement plan, or aim for heroic virtues can change the heart…only God. God died on a cross for your heart to be His.

About Roberta Miles

Roberta Miles is known for her irreverent, autobiographical monologues that make up a tell-all expose of her quirky, edgy life.  She premiered her monologues in a Three Cat Productions show at Gorilla Tango Theater, and has also done readings at the Nerve Gallery, Kate’s Book Store, the Flatiron Building, She has performed with Beast Women at The GreenHouse Theatre. These monologues have been the basis for her one-woman show, which premiered at “StrawDog Theatre” in Chicago, June 2009 and at “Boho Theatre” in October of the same year. She is the producer of “Loose Chicks” which runs every other week of the month at Uncharted Books and Emerald City Coffee. She also produces “Café Cabaret” which runs monthly at Café Ballou in Chicago. Roberta is totally excited to be performing again with her friends at Three Cat Productions and reunite with her producer, Jason Paul Smith.

About Sheri Reda

Sheri Reda is a writer, editor, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant, Children’s librarian, storyteller, and frequent host at her family’s Topo Gigio Restaurant, in Old Town. Her written work has appeared most recently in Spirits Quarterly, American Book Review, Progressive Populist, HQPoetry Quarterly, Oregon Literary Review, and enough textbooks to make your brain hurt. She has shared poems and stories and other performance pieces at many venues, including Czar Bar, Bop Shop, Soup and Bread, All She Wrote, Reading Under the Influence, Essay Fiesta, Here’s the Story, The Skald, Storylab, This Much is True, Story Sessions, Tuesday Funk, The Funny Story Show, and the NeoFuturarium. She is a big fan of Jason Smith.

About Julie Soroko

Coming Soon

About Eileen Tull

Eileen Tull is a storyteller, performance artist, poet, comedian, and one-woman-show person. She has performed throughout the country, from San Francisco to New York City, including in the SF Fringe, New Seeds Festival, United Solo, the Cincy Fringe, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Dallas Solo Festival. Her work has been seen all over Chicago in theatres, bookstores, art galleries, bars and other non-traditional spaces. Eileen co-curates Sappho’s Salon at Women and Children First bookstore, a semi-monthly performance series for artists exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism. She works as a drama instructor with the park district, and her work as a creative activist was recognized by The White House in 2016.


Save the Date:

November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm


Adjacent Cruise, The Courtesan and The Cabin Boy,  Matt Griffo, Lauren Huffman, Stephanie Medlock, and R.C. Riley

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About Adjacent Cruise

Adjacent Cruise is a Chicago based music group started in 2015 by local Singer-Songwriter Shannon Richardson and Hong Kong Classical Clarinetist/ Pianist Yuen Yee Richardson. They combine their different sound, musical styles as well as cultures to create their own unique music. Adjacent Cruise aims to bring their own differences together as well as collaborate with other musicians and artists from all backgrounds to create something different.

Actively performing since July 2016, Adjacent Cruise has performed at numerous music venues, festivals, private events and collaborations with local and touring acts. Adjacent Cruise is currently in studio recording their first, full length album to be released in Fall 2017.

About The Courtesan and The Cabin Boy

Coming Soon

About Matt Griffo

Matt Griffo is an up and coming Chicago based musician, actor, and comedian. He’s been performing at festivals across the country since 2008, has opened for Reggie Watts and is the composer for the Chicago smash hit: Jersey Shore The Musical. He has songs about the environment, racism, love, and zombies. He’s joined on stage by his piano, ukulele, and unique brand of witty and off the wall comedy.

Matt Griffo first performed with Three Cat during the original Three Cat Thursdays “Cabaret Variety Show” in 2006.

About Lauren Huffman

Coming Soon

About Stephanie Medlock

Stephanie Wilson Medlock has been writing and telling stories since composing and illustrating her first book of fairytales at the age of ten.

She began performing stories in public five years ago.  In 2013, she helped found Indigan Storyteller, an organization that provides courses and performance opportunities to storytellers   in Indiana and Michigan. Stephanie is also the 2016 director of the San Miguel International Storytelling Festival, which will take place October 13-14, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Stephanie’s Novel, The Lives of Things, was published in 2013. In addition to her book, Stephanie has published short stories and memoirs in magazines such as “Feathered Flounder,” “Persimmon Tree,” and “Tues/Night, and in books such as Celebrating Animal Rescue, and Undeniably Indiana.

About R.C. Riley

R.C. Riley is a warrior woman who began writing as a means of healing after a sexual assault. During her healing process, R.C. realized that she had journaled stories that would heal, liberate, and enlighten others. While she has a background as an actor, dancer, and violinist, writing is R.C.’s greatest passion. Wrong Way Journey is based on the life of one female survivor-turned warrior woman. It is a story of where faith meets sexuality. This is the intersection at which you, as the audience will travel along a true journey of pain, peace, trepidation and triumph. Get ready to experience Wrong Way Journey!


December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm


Archy Arch J, Ada Cheng, Captain Ambivalent with his Accordion of Gold, and more


2018 Dates

February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

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March 9, 2018  at 7:30pm

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April 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

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May 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

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June 8, 2018 at 7:30pm

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July 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

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August 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

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September 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

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October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm

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November 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

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December 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

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