Yes, This Really Happened to Me
WRITTEN BY BRIAN GOLDEN, KIM MORRIS, J. ADAMS OAKS, JUSTIN D.M. PALMER, AND MEGAN STIELSTRA
ABOUT THE PLAY...
Five notable Chicago writers come together for Yes, This Really Happened to Me, a celebration of storytelling written specifically for Theatre Seven. Some of the city's best in fiction, narrative, short story and solo performance construct autobiographical tales that are 100% true, theatricalized for the first time. A versatile nine-actor ensemble tackles more than 30 roles in this lifetime's worth of memories condensed into one night.
"I remember…being in his hold. I remember listening. This is the first memory I have of listening... I remember feeling my stomach disappear and feeling my brain not think and I remember watching myself listen and I remember feeling butterflies and I remember feeling like he had me right in his han..."
“Theatre Seven of Chicago's hour-long one-act is a first-rate piece of story theater--crisp, funny, moving, and utterly devoid of self-indulgence. A nine-person cast, all in their 20s, perform autobiographical texts by five writers who also appear on video to provide reflective commentary. Familiar themes--childhood friendships, family relationships, sexual experimentation, drug experiences--get fresh, idiosyncratic spins. Playing multiple characters (this is an ensemble work, not an evening of monologues), the actors are precise, detailed, confident, and emotionally authentic, while directors Margot Bordelon and Cassy Sanders maintain a pace that's brisk but never rushed. If these young artists represent the future of off-Loop theater, we're in very good hands indeed.” CRITIC'S CHOICE. - Albert Williams, The Chicago Reader
ABOUT THEATRE SEVEN OF CHICAGO...
Theatre Seven of Chicago produces new work that tells the diverse Chicago story from as many perspectives as possible, and the auxiliary programming we shape around that work creates meaningful dialogue about our city and its people. In 6 seasons, we have offered 16 productions which have been seen by over 11,000 audience members and created by over 200 artists. The company has been nominated for 3 Jeff Awards, 2 Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and is three-time finalist for and 2012 winner of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theatre Award.
Director: Cassy Sanders & Margot Bordelon
Stage Manager: Dan McArdle
Scenic Design: Lauren Albonico
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiskel
Lighting Design: Justin Wardell
Costume Designer: Katie Cordts & Whitney McBride
Video Design: Liviu Pasare