Past COTL Performers

Past Performers:

June 9, 2017 at 7:30pm

Hosted by Rob Dorn

Featuring: Pat Curtis and Joe Weintraub, Ada Cheng, Rob Dorn, and Jason Paul Smith.

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About Joe

“Since the previous century, J. Weintraub has been publishing fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in all sorts of places, from The Massachusetts Review to The Chicago Reader from Modern Philology to Disturbed Digest. He has been a StoneSong and an Around-the-Coyote poet and as a member of the Dramatists Guild he has had one-act plays performed throughout the country–from San Juan Capistrano, CA, to Paw Paw, MI–as well as in Australia, India, and by The Second City, Chicago He has also been a featured author in readings at such literary landmarks as the Black Rock Pub, the Charnel House Theatre, the Bourgeois Pig, and the last demonstrably haunted bar in Chicago, the Red Lion Pub, and he is proud once again to be a part of Cabaret-on-the-Lake.”

About Pat

Pat is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. The inspiration for Joint Attention came from her work as a school psychologist in Oak Park, where she encountered many families dealing with the devastating effects of autism, and was often touched by the heroism and determination with which they sought treatment for their children. Pat’s ten minute comedy, Sibling Ribaldry, was produced by Second City as part of their “Best of the Tens” showcase in November, 2012. In addition to playwriting, Pat is an avid theater-goer, who cherishes the joyous little epiphanies that live theater inspires in its audience.

About Ada Cheng

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, improviser, and stand-up comic. She is a one-time Moth storyslam winner, a presenter at the National Storytelling Conference, and a runner-up at Chicago’s Bughouse Square Debates. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago and Atlanta. She has also told stories at The Moth in Chicago, New York, Denver, and Detroit. Her book, Standing Up: From Renegade Professor to Middle-Aged Comic, published in December 2016 by Difference Press, aims at encouraging people, particularly mid-lifers, to embrace fear and uncertainty and to pursue their passion and dream. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. Check out her website www.renegadeadacheng.com for more information.

About Jason

Jason Paul Smith is a Chicago-based theater artist specializing in new play development and revitalization of classic works. As a freelance director and as artistic director of Three Cat Productions, Smith is committed to fostering the growth of artists of all backgrounds and perspectives. In 2007, Smith founded Three Cat Productions with the mission of fostering artists, initially through storytelling and cabaret and subsequently theater education. In 2013, he expanded Three Cat’s commitment to its mission with three major development-oriented programs, the annual Chicago New Work Festival for full-length plays and musicals, the annual SOLO Chicago festival for storytelling, and the Cabaret on the Lake series. Three Cat will hold its first full production season in 2013-14 with three new works by Chicago-based playwrights, all directed by Smith.  In 2014, he collaborated with Gary Gimmestad on two projects the musical Hang Your Hat at Mister Kelly’s and the play Scarlet Sisters Everleigh.  Recent directing credits include Joint Attention by Pat Curtis, Tell Me When It Hurts by Lisa Scott, and Holiday Stories a collection of eight holiday plays.   A University of Minnesota graduate, Smith has directed theater, cabaret and concerts across the country, including musicals The Stops, Hello Dolly! and Sunday in the Park with George, and well-known plays such as The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Smith also is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer. He received a Ragdale Residency in 2008 for playwrighting.

About Rob Dorn

Rob Dorn most recently appeared as Jacey Squires and top tenor in the Barbershop Quartet in Paramount Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of “The Music Man.” He has performed in hundreds of theaters across the country, including The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hey City Stage, Minnesota Orchestra and Carnegie Hall. Locally he’s worked with Silk Road, Three Cat Productions, Court Theatre, Wisdom Bridge, Apple Tree, Light Opera Works and Pegasus Players. He toured for many years with the pop vocal group, “Three Hits and a Miss” and currently sings with Alan Gresik’s Swingshift Orchestra at Chicago’s Green Mill. Rob is also an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

July 14, 2017 at 7:30pm

Raymond Wohl, David Sherman and Rob Dorn

 

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November 11, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Ren Lara, Stephanie Medlock, Francesca Peppiatt, Maddy Warner, and Costa Lapaseotes

About the Performers

ren-laraA Los Angeles native, Ren Lara begin as a dancer and studied and performed in and around Southern Californian, later in Ireland and the Chicagoland area.  In LA, Ren performed in The  Electrical Parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, and at the Queen Mary Hotel in Long Beach.  In Ireland, Ren performed at the National Concert Hall of Ireland in a production of The Merry Widow, and in Carousel with the Coolmines Theatre Company.

Ren studied at The Debbie Reynolds Studio, and Joe Tremaine Dance Studio.

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Chicago-based comedian Costa Lapaseotes watches a lot of TV shows and movies. He can costathroneanswer any butchery-related questions you may have after the show.  He has played Dangerfield’s in New York and is the producer, host and director of the CostaCoast cabaret, which happens occasionally.  He is probably best known for his role as Samson D’Jackal in the informational webseries “Your Baby My Body” (www.yourbabymybody.com), as well as one Funny or Die Video called “Rooftop Gardening Tips”.  Costa grew up on a farm in Nebraska.  He is a comedian based in Chicago.

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stephanie-medlockStephanie 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.

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francesca_02Francesca Peppiatt is a writer and performer who lives with her husband, writer Douglas Tonks, in Chicago.

She received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Country Notes, an entertainment news magazine show on The Nashville Network (TNN). Her other television work includes production stints with TV icons Dick Clark, Love Connection, and Hee Haw. She has also appeared on The Paula Poundstone Show with Paula and Lily Tomlin, on The Rosie O’Donnell Show as part of the “Rosie look-a-like” audience, and tap-dancing in a film choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Trained with Second City in Santa Monica.

In Chicago, Francesca performed in Tony’n’Tina’s Wedding, Lust’n’Rust: The Trailer Park Musical, and numerous other productions in Chicago. Francesca is the Producing Artistic Director of Stockyards Theatre Project, playwright, actor, the author of 4 books and is currently writing the book and lyrics for an upcoming musical.

 

2016 Upcoming Performances – Save the Date!

 

December 9, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Martha Razo, Jeremy Owens

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October 14, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: J. Evelyn, Mister E Machine, Roberta Miles, Lisa Scott,  Eileen Tull, and Debbi Welch

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Jyreika Guest 209.2J. Evelyn is a Graduate of Northern Kentucky University where she obtained her Master’s in Public History. Her research focuses on the history of Rosenwald Schools in Kentucky and the legacy of African American living during desegregation and integration. Using oral history research, she has an emphasis on the role of African American female teachers made on the overall community and the timeline of the same to present-day public schools. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Marketing. Theatre Credits include: Rhinoceros (Boss of Cafe/ Fireman), 2009 YES Festival World Premiere of Shock and Awe (Captain Martinez), Working (Ensemble), Once on This Island (Peasant/ Storyteller), Children of Eden (Storyteller), Freedom Speaks (Rosetta), for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf (Lady in Blue). She’s a community activist as a Performance Poet, Educator, Actor, historical interpreter and Programs Specialist for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, OH where she gives tours daily, implements programs, and brings new audiences to the Center. She also teaches Rhythm and Motion dance classes at the Cincinnati Ballet. Her passion lives in acting, dancing, speaking with a purpose and a message. Living a deliberate life, she loves to utilize her talents blessed upon her life by the Lord and in her own words; she “Aspires to Inspire.”
image2MISTER E MACHINE is an Indie Band with a rainbow twist from Chicago that combines acoustic rock with indie/pop elements to create a layered rock sound. A key element of the sound is its textured vocal harmonies and personal lyrics that delve into the emotional, mental, and spiritual journeys of the human experience. Songwriter Manny Capozzi and Producer Chuck Harling have joined forces to complete the band’s debut project SHOOTING STARS, a 7 song EP recorded at KingSize Studios.
robertamilesRoberta 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.
W - Lisa ScottLisa Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Tell Me When It Hurtswas originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. Her play-in-progress,La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Story and This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
Eileen Tull HeadshotEileen Tull recently returned to Chicago after stints in the Bay Area and her hometown of Cincinnati. Eileen’s work as a performer, poet, and theatre maker have been seen throughout the country. In Chicago, she has worked with Theatre Seven of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, Casa Duno, and The Abbie Hoffman Festival. Catch her doing stand-up and performing poetry around town. www.eileentull.com
Debbi WelchDebbi Welch has told her stories at a number of Chicago storytelling venues, including This Much is True, Story Sessions, Story Lab, Here’s The Story, Serving the Sentence, Is This a Thing? and Essay Fiesta.  She has also performed at Seattle’s Rain City Slam and London’s Spark London. An advocate for young writers and performers, Debbi is the immediate past president of the board – an organization that transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.

 

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September 9, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Nester Gomez, Deborah Hines, Myles Hayes, Ruth Kaufman, and William David Sherman

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Nestor GomezNestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and lives in Edgewater with his girlfriend Sweet Mel and their two rescue pit bulls Kozmo and Hope. He holds the record for most Chicago Slam wins and has also won two Moth slam in Milwaukee and was the winner of the first ever Chicago Joyfest story slam.

He tells personal stories in both English and Spanish you can find more information about Nestor Gomez at http://www.nestorgomezstoryteller.com/contact.html

DeborahHinesDeborah is native Chicagoan, a former South Shore-ite, transplanted to the strange land of the North Side. 

She’s been a long lines telephone operator in the days of switchboards with pairs of cords, a typesetter in the bygone days of “computerized cold type,” a licensed esthetician and spa manager through boom and bust economic cycles, but always—since childhood—she’s been a writer and a lover of writing.

She earned her BA with an English major and a French minor and worked on a Master’s in Creative Writing.  Twice she’s been admitted on the merits of her writing into Northwestern’s MA/MFA Apprentices Writing Program.  She’s proud have been selected to make her debut as a storyteller with 2nd Story this 2016-17 season.

She has shared her writing at mics around the city, notably, Columbia College’s Story Week, 2nd Story’s Intensive Writing Workshop and at Royal Souls Open Mic in Rogers Park at Pratt and Sheridan, where she also hosts one night a month.  

She’s a proud member of CPL’s Lincoln-Belmont Branch Writing Group.

Experiencing life “with a writer’s awareness,” she’s always thrilled to share that awareness with the audiences at threecatproductions in the beautiful Berger Park Cultural Center.

10734149_382112715287909_3756625854121661578_nOriginally from Mequon, Wisconsin, Myles Hayes studied vocal performance at Texas Christian University . Beginning his career performing in venues throughout the Midwest, Myles focused on such influences as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darren, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. He recorded his first album entitled “Empty Tables” in 2005 and his second album entitled “Night & Day” in 2007, both produced by Jordan Richardson at Fort Worth Sound (formerly First Street Audio). Most recently Myles has been selected as one of the international music artists for the Voxivox.com global music initiative as well as being heard on National & International Television in commercial advertisments for companies such asMistubishi & BNI Bank.

Now based in Chicago , for the past five years he has performed professionally in dozens of venues not only throughout the city, but also across the country. He can be found singing weekly at The Ritz Carlton Chicago, The Chicago Firehouse on Michigan Avenue , and Pete Miller’s of Evanston. He performs regularly at TheHorseshoe Casino, at Blu atop The Pfister Hotel of Milwaukee, and he is also regularly featured as the pre-game entertainment, or performing the National Anthem, for the Milwaukee Brewers,Chicago Bulls, White Sox and Cubs.

Myles regularly provides entertainment for private and corporate events working side by side with many incredible musicians and entertainers, from such current talent as Typhanie Monique, Grace Weber, orJennifer Hall to opening for such legends as regular Tonight Show Comedian Tom Dreesen. Myles has also been seen performing live on TMJ4’s Milwaukee’s ‘The Morning Blend’.

As a musician constantly striving to perform at his best, he “…really blows the audience away” –Broadwayworld.com.His enthusiastic stage presence and his care-free charisma personify the legacy of his jazz predecessors. Whereever you may find him, Myles Hayes “brings new life to the standards of the Sinatra and Nat King Cole era by invoking his own unique style representative of a new generation of progressive jazz” –Fort Worth Star Telegram

RuthKaufmanRuth Kaufman is a Chicago-based on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance editor and speaker with a J.D. and a Master’s in Radio/TV. She’s delighted to return to Three Cats’ Cabaret on the Lake, and has told at venues including Write Club and Improv Playhouse’s First Friday Funnies. Recent film credits include the indie feature Redemption Way. The author of four historical romance novels (including AT HIS COMMAND, which just won Best First Book and Best Historical Booksellers’ Best Awards) enjoys peanut butter and chocolate milkshakes and singing in a symphony chorus.

David Sherman Head Shot 2014David is a singer, composer, actor, and writer.  He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City.  He spent 9 years touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band.  He is currently performs with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints.  He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions.  He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation? 

 

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August 12, 2016 at 7:30pm, with host Rob Dorn

Featuring: Geofrey Diebel, Minerva Hernandez, OTV Improv Group, Noel Williams & a special performance from Anthony Whitaker’s “My Life is a Country Song”

About the Performers

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Geoff DiebelA Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher.  Geoff has been frequently featured on the New Music Chicago and Soundfield series in Chicago, and has been a guest at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest.

Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition, recent finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and recipients of multiple Aaron Copland Fund Grants.  He has also performed with the New World Symphony (Miami) and Grant Park Symphony.

As a jazz musician, Geoff has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, and has performed locally on the Fisch Haus Jazz Series. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Ruben Alvarez, Ron Blake, Allison Miller, James Moody, and Matt Wilson. He currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Wichita Jazz Festival. Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University.

Minerva Angela HernandezMinerva Angela Hernandez is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin double majoring in Mexican American Studies and Sociology. She runs a theatre group at UT, Creative Arts + Theatre that showcases original student talent. Their events range from spontaneous theatre, student written musicals were the music and story are written by students to open galleries. Minerva will continue her education in Chicago next fall.

OTV Improv group

OTV Improv is made up of a group of friends who met at Second City and enjoy performing comedy together. This show will be their debut as an ensemble.

image1Noel Williams has been creating comedy in Chicago for the past 16 years with original works in commedia dell’arte and Pochinko style clown. She has been a part creating and performing nine original shows in Chicago in the style of Pochinko clown and commedia dell’arte. Her original one woman show “Party of One” co-written and directed by Sue Morrison won the “Best Clown Show” at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. She is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory, The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and Virginia Tech University

My Life Is A Country Song is a new musical by Anthony Whitaker being premiered at Underscore Theatre Company‘s Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. Set in a textile mill village in South Carolina in 1980, My Life Is A Country Song is the story of a woman starting over after a marriage marred by domestic abuse told with a country myusic score.

 

 

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June 10, 2016

Featuring David Sherman, Jason Smith, Dolores Hernandez, and More….

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November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Brittny Congleton, Jill Howe, Lisa Scott, and Debbi Welch

About the Performers

Brittny_C_3_HeadshotBrittny is a big haired comedic songstress, hailing from Kentucky, but has loved calling Chicago her home! Performing regularly with Chicago Kids Company, HEY LADIES, an all female Southern musical sketch comedy troupe she co-founded, and being a regular host & variety act with Vaudezilla Burlesque and Cabaret keeps this goofy gal pretty busy.  A teaching artist, a red head, and all together to feisty for her own good, Brittny hopes you’ll put something silly in the world!www.brittnycongleton.com

 

 

jill_howeJill co-produces Story Sessions, a monthly live lit event featuring true stories connected through a theme, live music and real-time story-inspired artwork at the beautiful City Winery in the West Loop. In addition to performing her own stories all over the city, Jill also coaches storytellers and organizes writing groups throughout the city. Find out more about Story Sessions at storysessionschicago.com.


lisascottLisa Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Tell Me When It Hurtswas originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. Her play-in-progress, La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Storyand This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

 

Debbi WelchDebbi Welch has told her stories at a number of Chicago storytelling venues, including This Much is True, Story Sessions, Story Lab, Here’s The Story, Serving the Sentence, Is This a Thing? and Essay Fiesta and she recently performed at Seattle’s Rain City Slam. An advocate for young writers and performers, she’s currently president of the board of Young Chicago Authors – an organization that transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.

 

 

 

December 11, 2015 at 7:30pm

Special Event – TBA

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October 9, 2015 at 7:30pm

Nester Gomez, Mister E Machine, Francesca Peppiatt, Sheri Reda, and William David Sherman

About the Performers

11027991_10153235824822819_6129644503913985149_nNestor Gomez was born in Guatemala and moved to Chicago about twenty five years ago. He is a self taught poet and writer, t-shirt designer for Threadless, who works for S&C in the Quality Control department and drives for Uber and Lyft during the weekends.

He currently resides in Edgewater with his girlfriend sweet Mel, Melissa Pavlik and their two pit bulls.

Nestor has being telling stories in Chicago for a little over a year, during that time he has won the Moth Slam five times (one of them in Milwaukee) he also won the Chicago Moth Grand Slam on March 2015 and placed second at the Chicago Moth Grand Slam July 2015. Nestor has told stories all over Chicago, including The Green Mill, Here Chicago, Easy Fiesta, Story Club north and South side, The Stoop, Sunday Morning Stories, This much is true, Story Lab and many other storytelling events. He also co-host Do Not Submit a storytelling event in Pilsen. 

 
image2MISTER E MACHINE is an Indie Band with a rainbow twist from Chicago that combines acoustic rock with indie/pop elements to create a layered rock sound. A key element of the sound is its textured vocal harmonies and personal lyrics that delve into the emotional, mental, and spiritual journeys of the human experience. Songwriter Manny Capozzi and Producer Chuck Harling have joined forces to complete the band’s debut project SHOOTING STARS, a 7 song EP recorded at KingSize Studios.

francesca_02Francesca Peppiatt is a writer and performer who lives with her husband, writer Douglas Tonks, in Chicago.

She received an Emmy nomination for her writing on Country Notes, an entertainment news magazine show on The Nashville Network (TNN). Her other television work includes production stints with TV icons Dick Clark, Love Connection, and Hee Haw. She has also appeared on The Paula Poundstone Show with Paula and Lily Tomlin, on The Rosie O’Donnell Show as part of the “Rosie look-a-like” audience, and tap-dancing in a film choreographed by Twyla Tharp. Trained with Second City in Santa Monica.

In Chicago, Francesca performed in Tony’n’Tina’s Wedding, Lust’n’Rust: The Trailer Park Musical, and numerous other productions in Chicago. Francesca is the Producing Artistic Director of Stockyards Theatre Project, playwright, actor, the author of 4 books and is currently writing the book and lyrics for an upcoming musical.

SheriRedaHeadshotSheri 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.
David Sherman Head Shot 2014David is a singer, composer, actor, writer and recovering fitness junkie.  He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City.  He wasted his youth touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band.  He is currently wasting his time performing with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints.  He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions.  He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation? 

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September 11, 2015 at 7:30pm

Matt GriffoDeborah Hines, Jason Paul Smith, and Peter Zeldow

About the Performers

mattgriffoMatt 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.

DeborahHinesDeborah’s been writing creatively since she learned to read and could hold a pen.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an English major and a French minor from Southern Illinois.  She worked on a Master’s in Creative Writing in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago and has twice been admitted on the merit of her writing into Northwestern University’s MA/MFA Apprentices Writing Sessions.

In addition, Deborah reads her writing around the city, notably Columbia College’s Story Week, 2nd Story’s Intensive Writing Workshop and, in Rogers Park, at Royal Souls.  She’s a proud member of the Chicago Public Library’s Lincoln-Belmont Branch Writer’s Group.

Also a dedicated lover of beauty, Deborah holds an Esthetics License in the State of Illinois.

“Writing’s been my defining attribute,” she says.  “I live with a writer’s awareness.”  She’s thrilled to be making her debut with threecatproductions.

jasonJason Paul Smith is a Chicago-based theater artist specializing in new play development and revitalization of classic works.  Smith is the Artistic Director of Three Cat Productions and produces the annual Chicago New Work Festival for full-length plays and musicals, the annual SOLO Chicago festival for storytelling, and the Cabaret on the Lake series. Smith also is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer performing with Story Sessions, Cafe Cabaret, and Patrick’s Cabaret.

1010545_10202791693414010_879012149_n-2Peter is excited to bring a sample of his understated but thought-provoking songs to Cabaret on the Lake.  His original lyrics run the gamut from love lost to found, from the hunger for a different life to gratitude for the one life we all get. His writing is informed by decades of witnessing the stories, struggles and triumphs of his fellow humans as a professional psychologist.  Think John Prine meets Sigmund Freud. Well maybe not that, but surely something different.

 

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August 14, 2015 at 7:30pm

Sandra McCollum, Jeremy Owens, Joe Weintraub, and Anthony Whitaker

About the Performers

About Sandra McCollumAbout Jeremy OwensAbout Joe WeintraubAbout Anthony Whitaker

289Sandra McCollum has lived in Chicago for twenty years after graduating from college.  She returned to her home, New Orleans, Louisiana, until Hurricane Katrina disrupted the lives of the residents there.  She returned to Chicago and has lived here for the last seven years.

Ms. McCollum has two Master of Education Degrees.  She was the liaison for The New Orleans Public Schools with the New Orleans business community.  She was also an adjunct professor of the Humanities at Southern University of New Orleans for eighteen years.

She has been a participant with GenNarrations, a writing performance group, for two years.

“The Fear of Water,” was published in The New Orleans Tribune, volume 30, number 8, in August, 2014.

It was reprinted for publication in The New Orleans Agenda, on August 29, 2014, the Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“The Son,” a historical narrative and genealogy research was published in the July, African American Historical Genealogy Society of Chicago Newsletter.

jeremy_owensJeremy Owens is the creator and producer of You’re Being Ridiculous. He has told stories with Lifeline Theatre’s Filet of Solo Festival, Story Club, Guts & Glory, Solo in the 2nd City and The Paper Machete. He’s a food writer for Oy Chicago and Gapers Block and wants to be Whoopi Goldberg when he grows up.

joeweintraubSince the previous century Joe Weintraub has been publishing fiction, essays, translations, and poetry in all sorts of literary reviews and periodicals, from The Massachusetts Review to The Chicago Reader from Modern Philology to Disturbed Digest. He has been a StoneSong and an Around-the-Coyote poet and as a member of the Dramatists Guild he has had one-act plays produced around the country. He has also been a featured author in readings for, among others, Story Lab, Tuesday Funk, Twilight Tales, the Bourgeois Pig, and Death and Pretzels, and he is proud to add Cabaret to that list.

Anthony Whitaker  grew up in Greenville, SC, where, he began performing at age 10. Whitaker performed with the Greenville Little Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, The Greenville Fine Arts Center, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Singing Christmas Tree.

anthony-whitakerSince leaving South Carolina, he has performed in Atlanta (Center Stage Atlanta and Georgia State University), The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatres in Sarasota and Venice, Florida and many venues in Chicago (The Royal George, Emerald City, Beverly Arts Center, Theatre on the Lake). In addition to performing, Anthony has taught elementary and junior high music in the public and Catholic School systems, and directs productions for various south side schools and the Beverly Arts Center.

He is currently co-founder of the New American Folk Theatre, which has produced two shows, Two From The Trailer Court and L Frank Baum’s Marvelous Land of Oz.

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Mister E. MachineDeborah Hines, Series of Absurdities, and William David Sherman

About Mister E. MachineAbout Deborah HinesAbout Series of AbsurditiesAbout William David Sherman

image2MISTER E MACHINE is an Indie Band with a rainbow twist from Chicago that combines acoustic rock with indie/pop elements to create a layered rock sound. A key element of the sound is its textured vocal harmonies and personal lyrics that delve into the emotional, mental, and spiritual journeys of the human experience. Songwriter Manny Capozzi and Producer Chuck Harling have joined forces to complete the band’s debut project SHOOTING STARS, a 7 song EP recorded at KingSize Studios.  

DeborahHinesDeborah’s been writing creatively since she learned to read and could hold a pen.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with an English major and a French minor from Southern Illinois.  She worked on a Master’s in Creative Writing in the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago and has twice been admitted on the merit of her writing into Northwestern University’s MA/MFA Apprentices Writing Sessions.

In addition, Deborah reads her writing around the city, notably Columbia College’s Story Week, 2nd Story’s Intensive Writing Workshop and, in Rogers Park, at Royal Souls.  She’s a proud member of the Chicago Public Library’s Lincoln-Belmont Branch Writer’s Group.

Also a dedicated lover of beauty, Deborah holds an Esthetics License in the State of Illinois.

“Writing’s been my defining attribute,” she says.  “I live with a writer’s awareness.”  She’s thrilled to be making her debut with threecatproductions.

seriesA cutting from the piece before it heads to the Minneapolis Fringe created by Jessica Landis, and Three Cat regulars Lisa Scott and Eileen Tull.

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl grows up. Cupcakes, cocks, underthings, ukuleles – with just a pinch of existential crisis. A three-woman show fusing sketch comedy, story-telling and performance art.

David Sherman Head Shot 2014David is a singer, composer, actor, writer and recovering fitness junkie.  He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City.  He wasted his youth touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band.  He is currently wasting his time performing with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints.  He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions.  He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation? 

 

 

 

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June 12, 2015 at 7:30pm

Sandra McCollum, Roberta Miles, Laura Scruggs, and Debbi Welch

About the Performers

About Sandra McCollumAbout Roberta MilesAbout Laura ScruggsAbout Debbi Welch

289Sandra McCollum has lived in Chicago for twenty years after graduating from college.  She returned to her home, New Orleans, Louisiana, until Hurricane Katrina disrupted the lives of the residents there.  She returned to Chicago and has lived here for the last seven years.

Ms. McCollum has two Master of Education Degrees.  She was the liaison for The New Orleans Public Schools with the New Orleans business community.  She was also an adjunct professor of the Humanities at Southern University of New Orleans for eighteen years.

She has been a participant with GenNarrations, a writing performance group, for two years.

“The Fear of Water,” was published in The New Orleans Tribune, volume 30, number 8, in August, 2014.

It was reprinted for publication in The New Orleans Agenda, on August 29, 2014, the Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“The Son,” a historical narrative and genealogy research was published in the July, African American Historical Genealogy Society of Chicago Newsletter.

robertamilesRoberta 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.

laurascruggsLaura has taught theatre in a variety of environments, from the Chicago Park District to inner city schools to a Jewish community center. She has her M.A. in Communication, Media and Theatre and her B.S. in Elementary Education, with a Jr. High/Middle School Theatre Endorsement. She is the Internship Program Director for The Chicago Fringe Festival, a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a Dramatist Guild member. Some of her favorite roles include: Joanna in “Home Free,” Fairy Freak Finooza in “Six Stories Up, Up & Away,” Mary in “The Red Coat,” Prunella in “Canker Sores and Other Distractions” and Mother of victim in “Bully: The Hip Hop Musical.” She also enjoys faeries, puppets, festivals (especially Pierogi, crafts & circus), hiking, thrift shopping, hanging out in coffee shoppes and social justice!

Debbi WelchDebbi Welch has told her stories at a number of Chicago storytelling venues, including This Much is True, Story Sessions, Story Lab, Here’s The Story, Serving the Sentence, Is This a Thing? and Essay Fiesta and she recently performed at Seattle’s Rain City Slam. An advocate for young writers and performers, she’s currently president of the board of Young Chicago Authors – an organization that transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication and performance education.

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May 8, 2015 at 7:30pm

Featuring:

Stephanie Medlock,  Sheri RedaBrakes on a Highway,  and Monsters Mutants and Migrants

Stephanie MedlockSheri RedaBrakes on a HighwayMonsters Mutants and Migrants

Steffi head shotStephanie Medlock has been writing continually in a variety of venues and professions since composing and illustrating her first book of fairytales at the age of ten. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Chicago, where she was employed to develop courses for the University’s Graham School of General Studies, including a series entitled The Writer’s Studio and the nationally known publishing programs.

Her novel, The Lives of Things, has been optioned by Totem Films. Stephanie is at work on the screenplay for the film’s producer. In addition to her book, Stephanie has published short stories and memoirs, and regularly performs her short pieces at story telling venues in the Chicago area. 

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, HQ Poetry 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.

10325613_634744666642945_1349430362958267507_n-300x225Brakes on the Highway is Steve Clark (guitar) and Austin Oie (banjo). The music is loose and harmonious, the lyrics are visual and often funny, and the songs tell stories of many moods of being human. (https://www.facebook.com/brakesonthehighway)

A psychic/empath and a pyro- kinetic fall in love. He goes back in time to prevent her facial burns, but when he returns. She no longer remembers him. He tries to undo the undid and returns to a mercyless, full blown, (spanish speaking) Alpha-Class villain: Las Furias (she has split personalities – one of which might be nicki minaj) 

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April 10, 2015 at 7:30pm

Featuring:

Brittny Congleton, Ruth Kaufman, James Robinson-Parran, Lisa Scott, David Sherman

About the April Performers

About Brittny CongletonAbout Ruth KaufmanAbout James Robinson-ParranAbout Lisa ScottAbout David Sherman

Brittny_C_3_HeadshotBrittny is a big haired comedic songstress, hailing from Kentucky, but has loved calling Chicago her home! Performing regularly with Chicago Kids Company, HEY LADIES, an all female Southern musical sketch comedy troupe she co-founded, and being a regular host & variety act with Vaudezilla Burlesque and Cabaret keeps this goofy gal pretty busy.  A teaching artist, a red head, and all together to feisty for her own good, Brittny hopes you’ll put something silly in the world! www.brittnycongleton.com

Ruth_KaufmanRuth Kaufman‘s true, short story, “The Scrinch,” is in St. Martin’s anthology The Spirit of Christmas, foreword by Debbie Macomber.  Writing accolades include: 2011 Golden Heart® winner, runner up in RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest and a 2012 Indie Excellence Award for her co-auhtored roadmap to greater self-esteem. Find Your Inner Fabulous. An attorney with a Master’s in Radio/TV, Ruth is a Chicago on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance writer and editor and workshop presenter.  Learn more at www.ruthjkaufman.com and www.ruthtalks.com.

1094950_10151481497386841_1790468354_nFrom Classical to Blues, Jazz to Gospel, and every genre in between- JAMES ROBINSON-PARRAN is the quintessential well rounded musician. Born in Chicago, James began taking piano lessons at the age of five.  By the age of eight, he had started playing violin as well.  Gifted with a wonderful voice, James was a featured soloist by the age of ten.

In high school, James won several musical awards, including a 1st and 3rd place showings at the Swedish Days Piano Competition in Geneva, IL; six regional ACT-SO awards; three appearances at the national ACT-SO competitions ; and a gold cup awarded by the Piano Teachers Guild.

James furthered his music studies at DePaul University, where his major teachers were Mary Sauer, Melody Lord, and George Tenegal.  During this time led to appearances in the American premiere of “The Marriages of Zones Three, Four and Five” by  Philip Glass; sharing a stage with Andy Williams; and many appearences as a solo pianist, composer, and singer.   James also holds a Masters of Arts degree from Concordia University Chicago, where his teachers included composition teacher Jonathan Stahlke and pianist Kuang Hao Huang.

James has been active as a composer, conductor, pianist, songwriter and soloist.  Some notable experiences include commissions by the Chicago Composers Forum, several appearances as principal conductor, pianist, and vocal soloist with Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago, an appearance with the Jazz band of Morgan Park High School at the Chicago Jazz Fest, as well as work with Circle Theatre, Open Door Repertory Theater, the Jeff Kowalkowski Ensemble, Lucky Pierre, and many others.   Most recently, James has shared the stage with legendary folk singer Anne Hills, and Paul Amandes in two stage productions of “Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps” based on the book by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize winner, Ted Kooser. 

James Robinson-Parran resides in the New York area where he is still active as a musician, music teacher, songwriter and vocalist.  He is currently the music director at St. Augustine Church in New York.  He is a member of BMI.

lisascott Lisa Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Tell Me When It Hurts was originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. Her play-in-progress, La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Story and This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

David Sherman Head Shot 2014David is a singer, composer, actor, writer and recovering fitness junkie.  He has studied improvisation at I.O. and Second City.  He wasted his youth touring the country with the world’s greatest mambo rock band.  He is currently wasting his time performing with The Swing Shift Orchestra and his original glam-pop band, The Steak House Mints.  He has written a children’s book and for a variety of live productions.  He is currently writing a musical. His hobbies include waiting patiently and punctuation? 

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March 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Featuring:

Amy Dellagiarino, Sandra McCollum, Erika Napoletano, Darryl Warren, and Noel Williams

About Amy DellagiarinoAbout Sandra McCollumAbout Erika NapoletanoAbout Darryl WarrenAbout Noel Williams
AmyHeadshotAmy Dellagiarino is a writer, actress and artist living in Chicago. She received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Her first play “Limbo”, which she co-wrote with fellow NYUer Leigh Poulos, had a run at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City in December 2006. She is currently seeking a home for her debut novel “By the Sword of Maggie May”, and in the process of putting the finishing touches on her second book “Much Ado About the Rocket Man.” She is looking forward to developing her play “The Value of Moscow” in Chicago throughout this coming year. Amy was Three Cat’s featured visual artist for the month of December in 2013 and her paintings were displayed alongside Three Cat’s production of “Tell Me When it Hurts”, which she also starred in. When she is not writing, acting, or painting, Amy can be found training for the next marathon, or rooting for the Baltimore Orioles… or very possibly doing both at the exact same time. You can find out more about her at www.amydell.com. 

289Sandra McCollum has lived in Chicago for twenty years after graduating from college.  She returned to her home, New Orleans, Louisiana, until Hurricane Katrina disrupted the lives of the residents there.  She returned to Chicago and has lived here for the last seven years.

Ms. McCollum has two Master of Education Degrees.  She was the liaison for The New Orleans Public Schools with the New Orleans business community.  She was also an adjunct professor of the Humanities at Southern University of New Orleans for eighteen years.

She has been a participant with GenNarrations, a writing performance group, for two years.

“The Fear of Water,” was published in The New Orleans Tribune, volume 30, number 8, in August, 2014.

It was reprinted for publication in The New Orleans Agenda, on August 29, 2014, the Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“The Son,” a historical narrative and genealogy research was published in the July, African American Historical Genealogy Society of Chicago Newsletter.

Laugh cropErika Napoletano is bigger than a taco but smaller than an Airstream trailer. While from the South, she was not born in a trailer. Born in Opelika, Alabama and raised in Houston, Texas, Erika’s an actor, writer, and voiceover talent with recent appearances in “Holiday Stories” (Three Cat Productions), “Not Your Average Bill” (a web series pilot), Prologue Theater’s 2014 Landmark Festival, and improv performances at both Second City and iO — some of which even include Southern twangs. She’s a current student at the delightfully intense Black Box Acting Winter Academy and is delighted to be represented by Gill Hayes Talent and Big Mouth Talent for her artistic endeavors. Prior to landing in Chicago in late 2013, she was honored to have her talk, “Rethinking Unpopular” from TEDxBoulder included in the TED Editor’s selections for 2012. She has two dogs (Hippopotamus and Penelope), a cat named MOTO, has more bicycles than ex-husbands (a statistic she’d like to maintain), and is lactose intolerant yet loves banana milkshakes. Learn more about her (if you dare) at www.erikanapoletano.com and erikanapo.com.

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February 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

Featuring:

Pamela Bell, Kayla Newman, David Sherman, Eileen Tull, and Anthony Whitaker

About Pam BellAbout Kayla NewmanAbout David ShermanAbout Eileen TullAbout Anthony Whitaker
Pam Bell is a graduate of the University of Chicago with her own private psychotherapy practice in Chicago, specializing in hypnotherapy for healing from trauma. As a social worker, Pam has worked in the field of political lobbying, child welfare, and for Children’s Memorial Hospital. Pam might be the only person on record who has dropped out of Harvard Business School to become a social worker. She is also a persistent, if not highly-skilled, guitar player.
Kayla Newman is an actress and improvisor from Austin, Texas. In the spirit of missing her hometown’s annual fringe festival, FronteraFest, Cabaret on the Lake will be her first time performing by herself in the glistening city of Chicago. At FroneraFest, her previous solo performances include “My New Therapist” and “Operator, She Calls.”  Aside from her whims of independence, she performs with two improv troupes from The Annoyance Improv Theatre, 3LR and Fun Foot One. As for acting in Chicago, she is trying to get her foot in the door, one audition room door at a time. For more about Kayla, visit kaylanewman.info.
Eileen Tull recently returned to Chicago after stints in the Bay Area and her hometown of Cincinnati. Eileen’s work as a performer, poet, and theatre maker have been seen throughout the country. In Chicago, she has worked with Theatre Seven of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, Casa Duno, and The Abbie Hoffman Festival. Catch her doing stand-up and performing poetry around town. www.eileentull.com

promo_shotAnthony Whitaker  grew up in Greenville, SC, where, he began performing at age 10. Whitaker performed with the Greenville Little Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, The Greenville Fine Arts Center, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Singing Christmas Tree.

Since leaving South Carolina, he has performed in Atlanta (Center Stage Atlanta and Georgia State University), The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatres in Sarasota and Venice, Florida and many venues in Chicago (The Royal George, Emerald City, Beverly Arts Center, Theatre on the Lake). In addition to performing, Anthony has taught elementary and junior high music in the public and Catholic School systems, and directs productions for various south side schools and the Beverly Arts Center.

He is currently co-founder of the New American Folk Theatre, which has produced two shows, Two From The Trailer Court and L Frank Baum’s Marvelous Land of Oz.

 

 

Past 2014 Performers

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December 12, 2014 at 7:30pm

Featuring:
Amy Dellagiarino,  Jill Howe, Tovi Khali, Stephanie Medlock, and a 10 minute play by Paul Pasulka

Hosted by:
Rob Dorn

 

About Amy DellagiarinoAbout Jill HoweAbout Tovi KhaliAbout Stephanie MedlockAbout Paul Pasulka
 AmyHeadshotAmy Dellagiarino is a writer, actress and artist living in Chicago. She received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Her first play “Limbo”, which she co-wrote with fellow NYUer Leigh Poulos, had a run at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City in December 2006. She is currently seeking a home for her debut novel “By the Sword of Maggie May”, and in the process of putting the finishing touches on her second book “Much Ado About the Rocket Man.” She is looking forward to developing her play “The Value of Moscow” in Chicago throughout this coming year. Amy was Three Cat’s featured visual artist for the month of December in 2013 and her paintings were displayed alongside Three Cat’s production of “Tell Me When it Hurts”, which she also starred in. When she is not writing, acting, or painting, Amy can be found training for the next marathon, or rooting for the Baltimore Orioles… or very possibly doing both at the exact same time. You can find out more about her at www.amydell.com. 

jill_howeJill co-produces Story Sessions, a monthly live lit event featuring true stories connected through a theme, live music and real-time story-inspired artwork at the beautiful City Winery in the West Loop. In addition to performing her own stories all over the city, Jill also coaches storytellers and organizes writing groups throughout the city. Find out more about Story Sessions at storysessionschicago.com

Like a true Gemini, Tovi Khali has many different creative sides. This is an individual who knows no boundaries, who possess improv as an impulse, and who can change the atmosphere in any room for any occassion at any given time. The New Orleans native is no stranger to mass crowds and thrives in a fast paced festive environment. Anyone who’s seen Tovi Khali perform knows that it is an organic, passionate, and an electrifying experience!

Steffi head shotStephanie Medlock has been writing continually in a variety of venues and professions since composing and illustrating her first book of fairytales at the age of ten. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Chicago, where she was employed to develop courses for the University’s Graham School of General Studies, including a series entitled The Writer’s Studio and the nationally known publishing programs.

Her novel, The Lives of Things, has been optioned by Totem Films. Stephanie is at work on the screenplay for the film’s producer. In addition to her book, Stephanie has published short stories and memoirs, and regularly performs her short pieces at story telling venues in the Chicago area. 

Paul Pasulka bio-pic (1)Paul Pasulka is a network playwright at The Chicago Dramatists. His play, Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth, was read as part of The New Work Festival of 2014 at Three Cat Productions. When the Levee Breaks was produced by Second City Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago Dramatists. When the Wheels Fall Off was selected as a finalist for The Artist’s Home’s Cut to the Chase Festival. Dark Angels was performed at the American Theatre Company (ATC) and Roberto Clemente High School in ATC’s Bridge Program. He recently acted in Three Cat’s production, Hang Your Hat at Mr. Kelly’s.

 

 

 

November 14, 2014 at 7:30pm

Featuring:
Linda Bogot, Sandra McCollum, Wilfred Mejia, and Carson Reiners

About the Cast

Linda BogotSandra McCollumWildred MejiaCarson Reiners
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289Sandra McCollum has lived in Chicago for twenty years after graduating from college.  She returned to her home, New Orleans, Louisiana, until Hurricane Katrina disrupted the lives of the residents there.  She returned to Chicago and has lived here for the last seven years.

Ms. McCollum has two Master of Education Degrees.  She was the liaison for The New Orleans Public Schools with the New Orleans business community.  She was also an adjunct professor of the Humanities at Southern University of New Orleans for eighteen years.

She has been a participant with GenNarrations, a writing performance group, for two years.

“The Fear of Water,” was published in The New Orleans Tribune, volume 30, number 8, in August, 2014.

It was reprinted for publication in The New Orleans Agenda, on August 29, 2014, the Ninth Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“The Son,” a historical narrative and genealogy research was published in the July, African American Historical Genealogy Society of Chicago Newsletter.

storypicWilfred Mejia is a former IT worker who has left the computer screens behind for new interests. This led to him performing improv at Second City, as well as signing up to give Storytelling a try at Fear Experiment 7 on November 21st, 2014 at Park West Theater. He spends his time trying to not waste time.

Carson ReinersCarson is happily a recent transplant to Chicago. She was born in NJ and moved to NYC at 16 and has been fortunate enough to work as an artist  throughout the USA, Europe, South Africa, Peru, India, and Israel. She attended CODARTS(Rotterdam,NL) and holds a BA from the Anton Bruckner Universitat(AU). As a free-lance dancer she has worked with many prominent artists in NYC and abroad. In 2011 she started to work in international collaborations starting with the project CROSSINGS in South Africa under the direction of Vincent Mantsoe and Michel Kelemenis, the following year, in 2012, she worked as a collaborator/performer in the production “Las Sacerdotistas de Machu Picchu” under the direction of Mariano Leon and Daniel Rey Goitia in Peru and last year she was one of the seven female collaborators curated by Shaked Dagan in the production of “Kindling” that toured Northern India in the summer of 2013. Until recently she was residing in Israel where she performed in the Stage’s production of “The Vagina Monologues” in Tel Aviv and taught dance. She has also worked as collaborator/performer with directors Ksenia Petrenko and Aleksei Zherebtsov of Liquid Theatre(RU), and was one of the original members of  the music/dance collaboration, Dovetail, headed by Andrea Hoag based out of DC. She believes very strongly in education and art and has taught in a wide range of environments in the USA, Germany, India, and Israel. www.carsonreiners.weebly.com

 

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September 12, 2014 at 7:30pm

Featuring:
John Boss, Steve Clark, Adithi Chandrashekar, Amy Dellagiarino, Diann Martin, a short play by Paul Pasulka more…

About John BossAbout Brakes on the HighwayAbout Adithi ChandrashekarAbout Amy DellagiarinoAbout Paul Pasulka
imageJohn B Boss appears tonight as his cabaret alter ego ZaZa. Boss has a 25 year history with the Broadway musical “LaCage Aux Folles, and has appeared in eight productions of the musical throughout the greater Chicago area, Northwest Indiana and at Little Theater On The Square in Sullivan Illinois. He decided to keep the character ZaZa who has made appearances for various benefits, with Scooty and JoJo and garnered one of the top 10 entertainers at Gays Got Talent several years ago. Boss is a veteran of musical theater and open mics in Chicago. He appeared in the final performance of “The Stops” with Three Cat Productions and in an evening of cabaret as well. In addition to over 250 musicals, he has appeared in films, commercials and often makes appearances as Mary Sunshine in the musical “Chicago” under the name of Samantha Benjamin. He has toured the U.K. for two summers with “Jane Austen’s Persuasion, a musical drama” with Chamber Opera Chicago. He will be playing Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” at Metropolis Performing Arts Center in Arlington Heights this holiday season for 29 performances.
http://www.johnboss.com,  http://www.metropolisarts.com
10325613_634744666642945_1349430362958267507_nBrakes on the Highway is Steve Clark (guitar) and Austin Oie (banjo). The music is loose and harmonious, the lyrics are visual and often funny, and the songs tell stories of many moods of being human.
 Adithi Chandrashekar_Headshot 2Adithi Chandrashekar is a writer and performer based in Chicago. By day, Adithi is a grant and copy writer at an education-reform focused non profit organization but her true love is comedy writing.  Her early comedy writing adventures began on her now defunct AdithiDoesIt: Challenge Blog, where she would accept dares from readers to do, try, feel and live anything from running distance races to chatting up strangers at bars, photo/video document it, and chronicle the experience through public letters. She trained in comedy writing at The Second City’s Training Center, studied improv at iO Chicago and acting at Green Shirt Studios. She is represented by Stephanie Potakis at Lily’s Talent Agency. She thanks the good folks at Three Cat Productions for their continued support and friendship.
 AmyHeadshotAmy Dellagiarino is a writer, actress and artist living in Chicago. She received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she trained with The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. Her first play “Limbo”, which she co-wrote with fellow NYUer Leigh Poulos, had a run at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City in December 2006. She is currently seeking a home for her debut novel “By the Sword of Maggie May”, and in the process of putting the finishing touches on her second book “Much Ado About the Rocket Man.” She is looking forward to developing her play “The Value of Moscow” in Chicago throughout this coming year. Amy was Three Cat’s featured visual artist for the month of December in 2013 and her paintings were displayed alongside Three Cat’s production of “Tell Me When it Hurts”, which she also starred in. When she is not writing, acting, or painting, Amy can be found training for the next marathon, or rooting for the Baltimore Orioles… or very possibly doing both at the exact same time. You can find out more about her at www.amydell.com. 

_MG_1032Paul Pasulka is a network playwright at The Chicago Dramatists. His play, Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth, was read as part of The New Work Festival of 2014 at Three Cat Productions. When the Levee Breaks was produced by Second City Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago Dramatists. When the Wheels Fall Off was selected as a finalist for The Artist’s Home’s Cut to the Chase Festival. Dark Angels was performed at the American Theatre Company (ATC) and Roberto Clemente High School in ATC’s Bridge Program. He recently acted in Three Cat’s production, Hang Your Hat at Mr. Kelly’s.

 

June 13, 2014 at 7:30pm

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Featuring:
Jenelle Cheyne, J. Evelyn, Eileen Tull, Jason Paul Smith and Some Surprise Guests

About Jenelle CheyneAbout J. EvelynAbout Eileen TullAbout Jason Smith
Jenelle Cheyne Headshot 1Jenelle Cheyne is a improviser, actor and writer from Vancouver, Canada. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Theater department where she completed the Comedy Studies Semester at The Second City. In addition to training at The Second City, she has also trained at iO, The Annoyance and with Paola Coletto. Some of her performance credits include the Chi-Town Clown Revue and the original sketch review Table Manners at The Public House Theater. 
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As a Performance Artist, Educator, and Spoken Word artist new to the Chicago area. I’ve performed in regional theaters in North Carolina, Florida, DC, and Chicago last year when I performed my Solo Play, “Arn’t I Still: Lessons of Her.” Currently, I’m studying at the Internationally recognized Joel Hall Dancers and Center and honing my craft constantly with theatrical performances in Chicago. A great accomplish of mine is performing an original piece for Dr. Angela Davis last year. My passion lives in acting, dancing, speaking with a purpose and a message. Living a deliberate life, I love to utilize my talents blessed upon my life by the Lord to hopefully inspire others to do the same. Aspiring to inspire, I develops my work using art as a vehicle to connect with people. Art encompasses our everyday life, I seek to show it to those who may have never known how to identify art in their own life. Using Performance Poetry, Theater, and Dance, I serve my personal mission to change the minds of masses with a twist of words, a leap, and a song and bring voice to the voiceless.

 

Eileen Tull HeadshotEileen Tull recently returned to Chicago after stints in the Bay Area and her hometown of Cincinnati. Eileen’s work as a performer, poet, and theatre maker have been seen throughout the country. In Chicago, she has worked with Theatre Seven of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, Casa Duno, and The Abbie Hoffman Festival. Catch her doing stand-up and performing poetry around town. www.eileentull.com
jasonJason Smith is a Chicago-based theater artist specializing in new play development and revitalization of classic works. As a freelance director and as artistic director of Three Cat Productions, Smith is committed to fostering the growth of artists of all backgrounds and perspectives. In 2007, Smith founded Three Cat Productions with the mission of fostering artists, initially through storytelling and cabaret and subsequently theater education. Smith also is an award-winning storyteller and solo performer. He received a Ragdale Residency in 2008.

 

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Featuring:
Britny Congleton, Ruth Kaufman, Paul Pasulka, James Robinson-Parran, Anthony Whitaker and more…

Host:
Jason Paul Smith, Artistic Director

 

About the Performers:

About Brittny CongletonRuth KaufmanAbout Paul PasulkaAbout James Robinson-ParranAbout Anthony Whitaker

Brittny_C_3_HeadshotBrittny is a big haired comedic songstress, hailing from Kentucky, but has loved calling Chicago her home! Performing regularly with Chicago Kids Company, HEY LADIES, an all female Southern musical sketch comedy troupe she co-founded, and being a regular host & variety act with Vaudezilla Burlesque and Cabaret keeps this goofy gal pretty busy.  A teaching artist, a red head, and all together to feisty for her own good, Brittny hopes you’ll put something silly in the world! www.brittnycongleton.com.

Ruth_KaufmanRuth Kaufman‘s true, short story, “The Scrinch,” is in St. Martin’s anthology The Spirit of Christmas, foreword by Debbie Macomber.  Writing accolades include: 2011 Golden Heart® winner, runner up in RT Book Reviews’ national American Title II contest and a 2012 Indie Excellence Award for her co-auhtored roadmap to greater self-esteem. Find Your Inner Fabulous. An attorney with a Master’s in Radio/TV, Ruth is a Chicago on-camera and voiceover talent, freelance writer and editor and workshop presenter.  Learn more at www.ruthjkaufman.com and www.ruthtalks.com.

_MG_1032Paul Pasulka is a network playwright at The Chicago Dramatists. His play, Gruoch, or Lady Macbeth, was read as part of The New Work Festival of 2014 at Three Cat Productions. When the Levee Breaks was produced by Second City Chicago in conjunction with the Chicago Dramatists. When the Wheels Fall Off was selected as a finalist for The Artist’s Home’s Cut to the Chase Festival. Dark Angels was performed at the American Theatre Company (ATC) and Roberto Clemente High School in ATC’s Bridge Program. He recently acted in Three Cat’s production, Hang Your Hat at Mr. Kelly’s.

He is again happy to be part of a Three Cat’s production. Tonight’s solo presentations, Sonovagun and The Flight of the Little Lost Boys, were developed as part of the GenNarrations Project of the Goodman Theatre.

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From Classical to Blues, Jazz to Gospel, and every genre in between- JAMES ROBINSON-PARRAN is the quintessential well rounded musician. Born in Chicago, James began taking piano lessons at the age of five.  By the age of eight, he had started playing violin as well.  Gifted with a wonderful voice, James was a featured soloist by the age of ten.

In high school, James won several musical awards, including a 1st and 3rd place showings at the Swedish Days Piano Competition in Geneva, IL; six regional ACT-SO awards; three appearances at the national ACT-SO competitions ; and a gold cup awarded by the Piano Teachers Guild.

James furthered his music studies at DePaul University, where his major teachers were Mary Sauer, Melody Lord, and George Tenegal.  During this time led to appearances in the American premiere of “The Marriages of Zones Three, Four and Five” by  Philip Glass; sharing a stage with Andy Williams; and many appearences as a solo pianist, composer, and singer.   James also holds a Masters of Arts degree from Concordia University Chicago, where his teachers included composition teacher Jonathan Stahlke and pianist Kuang Hao Huang.

James has been active as a composer, conductor, pianist, songwriter and soloist.  Some notable experiences include commissions by the Chicago Composers Forum, several appearances as principal conductor, pianist, and vocal soloist with Friendship Baptist Church in Chicago, an appearance with the Jazz band of Morgan Park High School at the Chicago Jazz Fest, as well as work with Circle Theatre, Open Door Repertory Theater, the Jeff Kowalkowski Ensemble, Lucky Pierre, and many others.   Most recently, James has shared the stage with legendary folk singer Anne Hills, and Paul Amandes in two stage productions of “Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps” based on the book by former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer prize winner, Ted Kooser.

James Robinson-Parran resides in the New York area where he is still active as a musician, music teacher, songwriter and vocalist.  He is currently the music director at St. Augustine Church in New York.  He is a member of BMI.

promo_shotAnthony Whitaker  grew up in Greenville, SC, where, he began performing at age 10. Whitaker performed with the Greenville Little Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, The Greenville Fine Arts Center, South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Singing Christmas Tree.

Since leaving South Carolina, he has performed in Atlanta (Center Stage Atlanta and Georgia State University), The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatres in Sarasota and Venice, Florida and many venues in Chicago (The Royal George, Emerald City, Beverly Arts Center, Theatre on the Lake). In addition to performing, Anthony has taught elementary and junior high music in the public and Catholic School systems, and directs productions for various south side schools and the Beverly Arts Center.

He is currently co-founder of the New American Folk Theatre, which has produced two shows, Two From The Trailer Court and L Frank Baum’s Marvelous Land of Oz.

 

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August 8th, 2014 at 7:30pm

Featuring:
Amber Doss, Matt Griffo, Roberta Miles, Lisa Scott, Eileen Tull, and more…

About Our Performers

About Amber DossAbout Matt GriffoAbout Roberta MilesAbout Lisa ScottAbout Eileen Tull
glasses headshot 1Amber is a multi-talented singer-songwriter, and composer with a broad and colorful vocal range. She was a part of several choirs growing up including the Jubilate Children’s Choir and the world renowned Chicago Children’s Choir. She was a signature singer with the nationally known University of Illinois Black Chorus. Amber is well versed in many genres including Opera, Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Musical Theater. Having the opportunity to perform throughout the country, Amber has performed abroad including Germany, Austria, Hungary, France and Canada. She was a part of the 2008-2009 National North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. You can find Amber’s self titled debut EP “Amber Doss” on iTunes, Amazon, and all other digital retailers as well as hard copies of her album at her performances. Amber currently resides in Illinois where she is still making her dream a reality.
www.amberdoss.com

mattgriffoMatt 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.

robertamilesFunny, high spirited Roberta Miles takes you on a romp through her life. Touching, poignant and revealing, at times mischievous but always courageous and bold.

“If the disparity between her poise and her sexual abandon does not grab you, the thoughtfulness of her self–effacing writing will. Roberta Miles is not some trampy broad bragging about her many exploits; she is an articulate libido and a beguiling conscious. I laughed, I winced, I shook my head, and I laughed again. Hugely talented and beyond clever. I thought it was funnier than the Vagina Monologues.” -Allen Nichols, Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago

Lisa ScottLisa Scott is a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. Tell Me When It Hurts was originally developed in a Chicago Dramatists workshop with Stage Left Theater. Her play-in-progress, La Familia Dune, was part of the 2013 Chicago New Work Festival. Scott also is a storyteller and has been seen at Here’s The Story and This Much Is True. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 
Eileen Tull HeadshotEileen Tull recently returned to Chicago after stints in the Bay Area and her hometown of Cincinnati. Eileen’s work as a performer, poet, and theatre maker have been seen throughout the country. In Chicago, she has worked with Theatre Seven of Chicago, Prologue Theatre, Casa Duno, and The Abbie Hoffman Festival. Catch her doing stand-up and performing poetry around town. www.eileentull.com

 

Call for Artists:

Three Cat Productions is seeking performers for “Cabaret on the Lake” series to be held monthly (the second Friday of each month) at Berger Park Coach House Theater.    The “Cabaret on the Lake” series will be free and open to the public.

Seeking storytellers, comedians, monologists, writers, playwrights, songwriters, musicians, and performers of all types.  Each performer will be given 10 minutes to performer.  We encourage our performers to bring new work.    (All material should be performance ready.

Please submit resume, headshot, and a small sample of your work to Jason Paul Smith at jsmith@threecatproductions.com.