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Truth Be Told: with Scott Whitehair

A Night of Personal Storytelling from the Heart

Day(s): Saturday September 30 @ 8:00 PM
Time(s): 8:00 pm (doors open 7:30)
Location: John & Nancy Hughes Theater


Join us for another spectacular night of Storytelling with Scott Whitehair on September 30th in our John & Nancy Hughes Theater! You've enjoyed personal stories on NPR while sitting at your desk or driving home, but it simply can't compare to the intimate experience of live, face-to-face storytelling. This time around we will be featuring live music when doors open at 7:30 by local talent, singer/songwriter Ali Jackson (see bio below)

After the show, enjoy a complimentary meet and greet as Brenda and John Dick "Toast the Tellers"

Meet the tellers up close and personal and enjoy beer/wine as well a local gourmet pizza compliments of Sauced.    


8 p.m. showtime/ doors open 7:30 p.m.

cash bar


Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Houston Fringe Festival so far in 2017. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.


As actor, playwright, educator Arlene views her solo work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last 25 years. Her 5 solo shows have toured throughout the country as well as internationally and have been honored with an LA Theater Ovations Award and Garland Award.   Her newest Solo work A Little Bit Not Normal which explores her journey with mental illness was a Blue Ink Competition Semi-finalist and was produced at Victory Gardens this Spring and will begin touring this September.  Arlene is the recipient of the 3arts Fellowship at  UIC and the developed the Storytelling & Solo curriculum at Chicago Dramatists.

As an actor she has worked in theaters in LA and Chicago including the HBO Workspace, Goodman theater and Victory Gardens, She's also appeared in film and television- some of it good- most of it bad. Her first tv gig was Doogie Howser- it was all downhill from there.


Carol Kaufman-Kerman is the resident storyteller at Jewish Community Centers in Chicagoland. She can be seen at storytelling festivals and conferences, corporate events, a five time guest speaker at DePaul University, Caroline’s on Broadway in New York City and a three time teller at Scott Whitehair’s This Much is True. One of her highlights is singing Hello Dolly at The Park West in 1982 on stage with her brother Andy Kaufman.  Carol’s stories range from folktales to her family and New York roots.  Her personal stories remind us of our own life and family and the anecdotes that have shaped us.  She believes that we keep our loved ones alive through story. 

Jim Noonan was a shoe salesman, park ranger, landscaper, fitness instructor, student, waiter, actor, comedian and nanny before deciding to become a stay-at-home parent/unemployed writer. In early 2016, his first book Life Between Naps: Stories from a Full-Time Unemployed, Stay-at-Home Dad was released upon the world where it garnered a bunch of positive reviews from his mom, brother, sister, second best friend, and one of his daughters. The book was such a success, he has spent most of his free time putting together a follow up that his mom said she will like, "No matter what." Jim currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters and hopes that one day he'll have enough interesting experiences to warrant a 2500 character bio. In the meantime, he waits patiently, everyday, for someone... anyone to recognize him, saunter up and say, "Hey, tell me a story about that time...."

LUPE Nuñez
I'm a Director of IT at a major video game company, 22q & Homeschool Dad, first generation Mexican-Chicagoan, and storyteller. With all but a couple of creative dreams and ambitions completely faded away, I was looking for an outlet. I felt like I needed to fuel the creative fire or it may extinguish completely. So, I took a story telling class and started telling stories around Chicago. I found what I was looking for. I've been lucky enough to do shows like Story Lab, This Much Is True, and Do Not Submit, it's been a very gratifying experience. I thoroughly enjoy crafting a story and getting up in front of an audience and sharing that moment together. I look forward to telling more stories in my own way and taking the whole experience and medium even further.

Robert Cornelius, a Chicago native, has been an artist for over 30 years, performing as an actor, singer, dancer, director and storyteller. He was most recently seen onstage as Dr. Kelekian in Wit at The Hypocrites and Howard in American Theatre Company's production of the William Inge classic, Picnic. He performs and records with local favorites Poi Dog Pondering as well as fronting his own band, RC7. Robert has been Arts Education Director at Victory Gardens Theater for the past ten years, bringing arts programs into CPS schools. And he loves telling stories.


Scott Whitehair is the producer of This Much Is True, one of Chicago's longest running storytelling series, the creator of Story Lab Chicago, recently mentioned in Newsweek and Forbes, and the director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics. He has told stories anywhere someone will listen, including at Steppenwolf Theater, Second City, and The Woodstock Opera House, and on NPR, Sirius XM, and The Risk Podcast. Scott's independent class has been selling out monthly for the last 5 years, and he is in demand as a coach and trainer. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Week, headlined by David Sedaris, and recently taught a course at All Hallow's College in Dublin. Scott is on the board of directors for The National Storytelling Network and will be performing at the National Storytelling Festival for the first time this October.  

Tekki Lomnicki is a solo performer, playwright, director and educator. Born with diastrophic dwarfism, she has devoted her craft to finding ways to incorporate her abilities and those of others to perform compelling stories. In 1995, Tekki co-founded Tellin’ Tales Theatre. The company produces adult solo performance as well as Six Stories Up, featuring middle school students and adults with and without disabilities. Tekki performs her critically acclaimed solo work for schools, conferences, and theater audiences all over the U.S. and Canada, and she starred in the award-winning film, The Miracle by Jeffrey Jon Smith. She has taught youth at Chicago’s Gallery 37 and After School Matters, and solo performance for adults at the Victory Gardens Training Center. Tekki developed and runs a solo performance class exclusively for adults with disabilities. She and a troupe of Tellin’ Tales actors created an original musical with Lyric Opera professionals performed at the Harris Theatre. She is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship in New Performance Forms, the 2008 3Arts Award in Theater, the 2010 Grigsby Award for Excellence in Solo Performance, and the 2014 Dan Van Hecke Award for outstanding leadership and service to the disability community.

Enjoy live music beginning at 7:30 by Ali Jackson!

Ali Jackson is a 17 year old Indie-folk performance artist from Lake Bluff, Illinois. Her stirring vocals and arpeggio style of guitar playing convey the honesty of emotion found in her folk music selections.  In her own compositions Ali draws on life experiences, whether fond memories of her childhood home in Texas, or the challenges of opening oneself up to trust in a relationship.  For Ali, life is a "work in progress", and song writing is her way of capturing life's unique moments.  Ali is a member of the Midwest Young Artist ensemble "VX", a studio recording group lead by Emmy-winning Composer and music producerGary Fry. She has performed at the Village Tavern in Long Grove, The Canopy Club in Urbana, IL, Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia, Uncommon Ground in Chicago, and in the 2017 Lake Forest Days Parade. She givesa lot of her time to performing for, and entertaining the residents at various retirement homes. Check her out at alijacksonmusic.com!


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