Do Not Submit Andersonville takes place in in the upstairs room of one of the city's most revered taverns, known for its unparalleled beer list and excellent food. Arrive at 7:15 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.
21+ allowed entry.
No experience necessary to participate.
Drinks and food will be available for purchase. Arrive early for dinner before, or bring them upstairs to enjoy.
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About Your Hosts
Kevin Biolsi is a statistician by trade but has managed to avoid the glamorous, fast-paced, and ultimately self-destructive lifestyle so often associated with that profession. He started telling stories in front of audiences in 2016 and found it to be more exhilarating than any drugs he’s ever taken, although to be honest, those have almost exclusively been analgesics and anti-inflammatories. One day he hopes to finally tell a story that doesn’t revolve around any of his many personality flaws. Kevin and his wife Carol have lived in Evanston, IL, since 1993 and have shared their home at various times with their daughters Lauren and Megan, dogs, cats, rabbits, and a guinea pig.
John Ivory has told stories in boardrooms to executives as a management consultant, on the street to tourists as a Chicago Architecture Center docent, and on stage at This Much Is True, Is This a Thing, Story Sessions, 10x9, The Marsh San Francisco’s International Solo Fest, and Goodman Theatre’s GeNarrations program. He loves to inspire students to write stories at 826CHI. But right now, he just wants to hear your story, on this stage, while everyone makes some noise to encourage you!
Prior to moving to Chicago in 2015, Jeff Baltes was a resident of assorted villages and cities throughout the state of Ohio. Upon landing to the Windy City, he stumbled upon a Do Not Submit open mic and was hooked immediately. Jeff has since performed at shows including Story Sessions, The Moth, I Shit You Not, Story Lab, and Death of the Cool. No matter where he goes, though, he calls Do Not Submit home. The unique and instant camaraderie between everyone in the room is open to all and he wouldn't want it any other way.
Francesca Sobrer, actor/writer/theatre teacher/director, oh yeah -- and storyteller. As a teacher and director of North Theatre at Bloomington High School North, Francesca told stories to a captive audience, aka her students, and noticed that that was the only time they were truly attentive. A student critic observed, “You have to pay attention to Sobrer, cuz you just never know what outrageous story she is going to tell next!” This prompted her to think, “I’ve stumbled onto something here.” When a chance at early retirement presented itself, she grabbed that brass ring and ran from her 30-year home of Bloomington, Indiana, to Chicago to pursue all things story. Storytelling fits all her creative outlets together in one place. A multiple Moth StorySLAM winner, Sobrer has told stories for Story Lab, This Much is True, Soul Stories and First Person Live and Homewood Stories.