Over the last 6+ years, we have provided the space for over 500 people from every walk of life and experience level to share their true personal stories with packed houses of attentive listeners. Each show is an unpredictable mix of the hilarious and the heartbreaking featuring memorable tales from your friends, neighbors, and fellow Chicagoans.
Come hear what people are saying, then get involved.
Third Wednesday of Every Month
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln Avenue
(Doors at 6:00. Please arrive early if you are dining.)
New Voices Telling New Stories
Join us for an intimate evening of storytelling in the cozy back room of one of Chicago's best pubs. Each month, an entirely different lineup of up-and-coming storytellers will share their stories. Hosted by Scott Whitehair.
Our Next Show Will Take Place on
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH,
Jessy Lauren Smith
Jessy Lauren Smith is a Chicago-based writer, educator, producer, and claymation enthusiast whose plays have been performed in Chicago, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas. She has been an artist-in-residence at Ragdale and Blast Theory, and has told stories with 2nd Story, Story Lab, and That Maxwell Bitch, among others. She is also a founding member of Living Room Playmakers, a playwright-driven collective that writes plays for unusual spaces. She holds an MFA from Northwestern, in the palm of her hand, for an hour each day. jessylaurensmith.com
Leah is a native of Pennsylvania who arrived in Chicago (via Indianapolis) 2.5 years ago in a rash attempt to escape monotony and pursue her previously successful acting career. Here in Chicago she feverishly fills her time biking around the city attending as many theatre, storytelling, and queer-focused performance events as time allows, tirelessly attending auditions around the Midwest, and enjoying her daytime work of keeping a roomful of privileged toddlers alive and maybe, just maybe, teaching them a thing or two about consent. Gotta start early.
Forty-something year old former engineering who is now a consultant and still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up (sadly, trust fund baby is not a job you can apply for). As an engineering student at U of I in Champaign and an MBA candidate at University of Chicago, I got to see fun die twice. I've completed the Second City Improv training A-E and have been playing with my group, Standing Backwards, for the past several months. I started improv as a way to deal with my anxiety over public speaking, and I'm doing this story telling to push myself even further. I enjoy biking, running, and swimming and sometimes I even do them back to back to back. (though not in that order)
After a 10 year stint as a human tumbleweed, Katie has returned to the shores of Lake Michigan, where people appreciate ending a sentence with a good preposition. She currently works at a medical association, helping medical students ("zygotes") figure out what kind of doctors they'd like to become, but, also, collating. (So very much collating.) In her free time, Katie enjoys leading knitting club at the local library (living proof that there is a gang for every gangster), takes stupidly long bike rides, and frequently laughs til she cries over her 4 brothers' combined shenanigans.
Beatriz Jamaica is from Chicago. She became a mother at the ripe old age of 16. Her daughter, Lisa, became her inspiration as she persevered in her endeavors. She took Lisa with her to Cornell University and pursued her Linguistics degree (she secretly wanted to major in theater). From there the naïve pair ventured to Santa Barbara as Mom pursued her MA in Education and daughter began first grade. They returned to Chicago to be with extended family a few years later. Beatriz was an academic advisor at UIC for over fourteen years. She is now pursuing her passion in acting as she has made appearances in Chicago Fire, Chicago PD as well as a few films, Unexpected, On the Downlow and Sunday in the Middle of Nowhere. Beatriz is now a proud grandma of three and babysits often as Lisa pursues her career as a bilingual education teacher.
Debi Lewis is a website designer and writer living in Evanston with her husband, two daughters, and an apathetic lizard. She’s new to storytelling on stage but not to storytelling on the page, having published stories and essays in fits and starts over the last two decades, making dozens of dollars to justify the two degrees in creative writing she so wisely earned. When she’s not working or writing, she’s perfecting a recipe, playing the fiddle, or laughing with her family.
Drink and Dine
Mrs. Murphy & Sons generously offers a $10 burger and beer special on show nights. No better way to enjoy stories than with a full stomach and a cold one in your hand.
Tell YOUR Story
Story Lab Chicago is open to anyone wanting to share his or her story, regardless of experience or background. Click here for more details on getting started.
Take a Class
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