This month's line-up includes playwright/performers Amanda Rountree, Timothy Rey and Barrie Cole plus Cabaret vocalist Freda Humble and host David Boyle. A fun evening of stories and songs!
Barrie Cole is a writer, playwright, and performer. She has read work at Essay Fiesta, That's All She Wrote, Paper Machete, Homolatte, Guts and Glory, Ray's Tap Reading Series, Write Club, Story Sessions, Sappho's Salon and many others. She is completing a collection of stories entitled "Fascinating Mistakes and is thrilled that her newest play, Clumsy Sublime will have a full production and premiere this coming fall at the Prop Theatre. In 2010, her play Fruit Tree Backpack was chosen as one of the top 5 productions of the year by the Chicago Tribune and Justin Hayford, of the Chicago Reader, once deemed her, "Chicago's champion of lyrical oddness," which she took as a compliment.
Timothy Rey, a Chicago-based writer/performer, is president of NewTown Writers, Chicago's only LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual) writing organization. He is the recipient of theMost Outstanding Author scholarship from Indiana University’s Department of English, where he studied with Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. Timothy’s poetry, plays and performance pieces have been prese...nted throughout Chicago-area at venues as well as out of state. He has been interviewed on WBEZ (Chicago Public Radio) regarding his work and was one of the winners of Project Exploration, a writing competition from The Poetry Center Of Chicago. Timothy has taught poetry and performance in Chicago schools from elementary to high school through various arts organizations. His new book of poetry and performance, Little Victories, is available at lulu.com.
Amanda Rountree has been performing improvisational theatre professionally since 1992. She is a resident teaching artist at Second City Conservatory and Lifeline Theatre. Her one woman show "185 Buddhas Walk Into A Bar" enjoyed a Chicago run at Studio Be in March and was also featured at Lifeline's Fillet Of Solo Festival.
Freda Humble is an actor and vocalist. Most recently she has appeared in "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" for Coriolis Theatre and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" for Beverly Arts Center's Professional Series. In addition to singing with the professional classical choir Canticum Novuum and being the "front woman" for the cover band "Girl Next Door", Freda performs a solo-cabaret show called "The Gay Divorcee".
David Boyle is the founder and artistic director of Chicago Solo Theatre. He has performed at Story Lab Chicago, This Much Is True and Essay Fiesta. He will perform his new solo play "You Don't Have To Be A Whore" for Three Cat Productions' Chicago Solo Fest at Berger Park Coach House Theater in June.