Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni, students, and faculty are featured in the 19th annual Fillet of Solo Festival, presented January 15-31 at venues in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Produced by Lifeline Theatre and Live Bait Theatre, the fest features solo performers from around the Chicago area.
Among this year’s offerings:
- From Where I’m Sitting, presented by the LIVINGroom, an ensemble of solo writer/performers. Produced by Columbia College alumna Laura Korn (BFA ’09), a graduate of the Theatre Department’s acting program, the show consists of monologues in which the artists explore a Chicago location that holds special meaning for them. The performers include Columbia alumni Carly Jo Geer (BA ’13), David Gordezky (BA ’15), Abigail Phelps (BA ’15), Ian Randall (BFA ’06), and Anna Wolfe (BA ’15), all graduates of the Theatre Department’s acting program. Also performing are current Columbia students Tyler Smith, a junior in the BA Program in Acting, and David Stobbe, a senior in the BA Program in Musical Theatre.
The LIVINGroom is a theatrical assembly of individual, autobiographical performances that blend spoken word, movement, spectacle, music, and any other device that bridges the personal and the universal. Performers in The LIVINGroom engage the audience in as many points of the performance as possible, blurring the line between spectator and stage in order to find commonality with each other.
From Where I’m Sitting is presented Friday, January 15 and 22, at 8:30 PM at the Heartland Studio Theatre, 7016 N. Glenwood, Chicago.
- The Kates, an all-female comedy group of up-and-coming Chicago performers. The Kates’ repertoire ranges from darkly amusing musical numbers to “the awkward art of clowning,” absurd solo performances, and uproarious stand-up comedy. The performance is hosted by comic Kelsie Huff (BA ’03), who studied acting and improv at Columbia College. The Kates perform Friday, January 15, 22, and 29, at 7 PM at Lifeline Theatre, 6912 N. Glenwood, Chicago.
- The Lifeline Storytelling Project in Through the Looking-Glass, written and performed by a six-person ensemble including alumna Allison Cain, managing director of Lifeline Theatre. Through the Looking-Glass plays Saturday, January 16 and 23, at 8:30 PM at the Heartland Studio Theatre.
- The Sweat Girls in DIY. The Sweat Girls is an all-female ensemble of solo performers including Columbia College Theatre teacher Clare Nolan. Acclaimed as “the undisputed tribal elders” of the solo performance scene (Chicago Reader, 2014), the Sweats perform Sunday, January 17, 24, and 31, at 5:30 PM at Lifeline Theatre.
For tickets and more information, call 773-761-4477 or click here.