Seven years ago, I moved to Chicago from Seattle. I landed in a whirlwind of auditions and new opportunities and took on all sorts of fun and wonderful projects. One of these projects was a ridiculous show called “Impress These Apes,” which, if you’re in Chicago and haven’t heard of it, you should totally check out. Each week we had a new challenge (e.g., write a short song about yourself and sing it with a musical instrument, make a puppet and perform an act, choreograph and perform a dance number, etc…). For the final week, our challenge was to do anything we wanted to do. The only limit was that it had to be under ten minutes, I believe.
I wrote and performed this piece:
Now, here I am in 2014, about to get married and move away from Chicago, to Georgia. I was getting sentimental (typical me) and I wrote a new conversation with Chicago. I’m delighted to say that I’ll be performing this new piece with Beast Women THIS SATURDAY at 10:30 pm at the Den Theater (1333 N. Milwaukee). The Beast Women Cabaret is a show that runs three or four times a year. They are a powerhouse of female talent from all performing art disciplines (stand-up, poetry, music, dance, and more). I wouldn’t have become the solo performer I am today without all of the opportunities to try stuff out and stretch myself through their auditions and performances throughout the years. I performed my first “conversation with Chicago” in their show seven years ago and am absolutely honored that they’re giving me the space–one more time–to put up something new and personal on their stage.
I’d love to see you there.
Amanda performs a new, original solo piece at this cabaret
The Den Theater
1333 N. Milwaukee
$20 (cash only)
Saturday, June 7, 10:30 pm