Do Not Submit West Loop takes place in the back room of the city's favorite non-profit bookstore. Arrive at 7:00 to sign up for a spot, and when your name is called, you will get 7 minutes on stage to share any story you'd like. (Late arrivals can sign up as long as there are spots still available. The event ends at 9:00.)
No experience necessary to participate.
ALL AGES WELCOME!
No alcohol permitted please.
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About Your Hosts
Karen Genelly has always loved to tell stories. She is a native Chicagoan who grew up on the north side of the city, and even though she has traveled a lot, she always return home to Chicago. She has spent her professional life as a teacher and a counselor working for the Chicago Public Schools. As much as she loved teaching and being a counselor, she recently decided to broaden her horizons and test her abilities in other areas, such as storytelling, so she retired from CPS. So far it has been great learning new things and traveling the world. She's learned there is life outside the public schools and, in India, that getting on and off a camel can be a tricky business.
Laura Scruggs is honored and thrilled to be co-hosting Do Not Submit with Karen Genelly! Laura absolutely loved performing at Do Not Submit, when it started at Powell's. She has performed her one woman show, "Punk Grandpa," around the country. She is so excited to now have it performed as a multiple character play (at the FRIGID Festival at NYC and at Three Brothers Theatre) and it has recently been published by Chicago Dramaworks. Laura is also working on a commission from Three Brothers Theatre to write the story of Macbeth from Lady Macbeth's perspective, set in the context of the American government; this script will be performed later this year in Chicago and Waukegan. Laura's short play, "Bossy," about her time as a park drama instructor was recently produced by Unity Players in Chicago. She is also working on a documentary about the late Chicago toy store, Uncle Fun and the man behind it, Ted Frankel. She co-hosts a weekly podcast with her husband in which they interview artists of all kinds, entitled "Are You Famous, Yet?" Laura has taught theatre in a variety of environments, from the Chicago Park District to inner city schools to a Jewish community center. She also enjoys faeries, puppets, festivals, hiking, thrift shopping and social justice!