The Fillet of Solo Festival is happening now!

4 01 2014

Chicago’s solo performance festival is happening right now and it’s kind of a big deal.  Lots of amazing performers are on the two-week long schedule and I am delighted to be performing two different times.  The annual festival is hosted by Lifeline Theatre and all of the wonderful details can be found by going to their website, here.  

Some amazing performers are in the line-up of shows this year! Check it out!

So many amazing performers are in this festival–check it out!

I’m performing a new story along with four other storytellers in, “Five From Rogers Park.”  Tickets are only $10 for any of the festival performances; you can also buy a fest pass for only $30!  Hope to see you at one of the shows!

Five from Rogers Park at the Fillet of Solo Festival
Amanda performs a new piece as part of Chicago’s solo festival
Heartland Studio
7016 N. Glenwood Avenue
Saturday, January 4, 6pm &  Sunday, January 12, 5pm





Buddhas/Bruiser: Only ONE more chance!

20 10 2013

My solo show, 185 Buddhas has one more performance in Chicago before it heads to the west coast!  And if you come out to see one of these Chicago performances, you’re in for a treat, because my show is running on a double bill with Kelsie Huff’s solo-show, Bruiser.

But you only have one more chance!  We’d love to see you there!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar & Bruiser
An evening of two solo shows!  Amanda’s 185 Buddhas and Kelsie Huff’s Bruiser
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago
$20
Sunday at 6pm:  November 3

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE STUDIO BE CALENDAR TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Chicago, you have three more chances to buy one ticket and see these two shows!

Chicago, you have only one more chance to buy one ticket and see these two shows!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

The Chicago Reader says, “Amanda Rountree is a riot!”  Audience members have described the show as “inspiring,” “funny,” “beautiful,” “insightful,” and “a must-see!“  The Chicagoist picked this show as one of their “three to see.”  Click here to watch a trailer for the show.  You can also click here to read a review of the show.

BRUISER: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy

Some girls dream about their wedding day. Others long to play with ponies. Only a select few name and collect their scabs, speak to imaginary rodents in their minds, and make mortal enemies out of cute yellow doggies. Kelsie Huff brings to the Chicago stage the true story of how a misplaced tomboy blossoms into an even more awkward adult. “BRUISER” tackles the hilarity of adolescent and adult humiliation using Huff’s trademark blend of uproarious characters, crushing and unavoidable hereditary influences, and engaging storytelling. Huff shares her unique brand of humor in a new knock-down, drag-out solo show hailed as “comic gold” by the Boulder Daily Camera.

“Huff…a big-time talent, mixes a friendly Midwestern manner with a darker, slap-your-face-funny edge… a fearless chronicler of the awkward and the excruciating…” – The Daily Camera (Boulder)

“Her performance crackles with life and at its very best, gets into rare reaches of emotional ambiguity.” – The Daily Camera

“Bruiser” received 4 out of 4 stars in the Chicago Stage Review and won Best Solo Performance of 2011.

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Janna Sobel opens for 185 Buddhas this week!

4 03 2013

It’s March!  I’m smack dab in the middle of the run of my solo show, 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar.  There are only  four more performances left.  Every single performance has a different opening act and I’m so happy that Janna Sobel is opening for me this Thursday.  If you’ve wanted to come see this show, but haven’t yet, THIS is a fantastic week to check it out!

Janna Sobel opens for 185 Buddhas this week!

Janna Sobel opens for 185 Buddhas this week!

Janna Sobel is an actress, writer, improvisor and director, and she teaches such things to young and grown-up people at The Second City, University of Chicago Lab School, Mudlark Theater Company, and the Old Town School of Folk Music.  She is also a storyteller and solo performer, co-founded & co-hosts the monthly storytelling show Here’s the Story, and is a company member of Real Talk Live.

 

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
Thursdays in March at 8pm

185 Buddhas

 

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an artform, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.





Chicago run of “185 Buddhas” coming in just a fortnight!

23 01 2013

Yep, I used the word, “fortnight” in a sentence.  It’s making a comeback, y’all (if I have anything to do with it).

No matter how you say it, it’s pretty exciting that 185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar is coming up in just two weeks!  Another exciting thing is how many awesome opening acts I’m going to have!  Each of the eight performances in February and 185buddhas_palmcard_front-01March has a different opening act!  Read on for all of the details!

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, directed by Jen Ellison
Studio Be
3110 N. Sheffield Ave.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door Buy Tickets!
Thursdays in February and March at 8pm

185 Buddhas Walk into a Bar
The art of improvisation creates stories from thin air, making the unseen seen. For Amanda Rountree, this is not just an art form, but a way of life — one that includes unexpected twists and turns — leading, if not to mastery, to enlightenment.  Written and performed by Amanda Rountree, and directed by Jen Ellison, this show follows the artist on her path with all of the funny and touching moments along the way.

Ever Mainard (opening February 7) was chosen by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 100 comics in Chicago.  And she’s one of my top 10!  She cracks me up every time and it’s a real treat to have her on opening night.  She’s been featured on Jezebel.com, The Onion, and the Second City Network.  Ever is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy and the co producer and co-host of the Shit show.

Ian Foley (opening February 14) is a stand-up comic who performs comedy all across the country from Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC to The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood.  I first met Ian when he was student of mine at Second City; he became a friend shortly after. He produces the A.D.D. Comedy Podcast with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley. If you haven’t checked out this podcast yet, do yourself a favor and get to it!

Ed Smaron (opening February 21) has been acting and making music in Chicago and Los Angeles since the early 1990’s.  I first met Ed when he was a member of the cast I directed in The 365 Project back in 2010.  He’s a super talented singer/songwriter and I’m so glad he’s opening for me!

Dave Stinton (opening February 28) has been writing and performing in Chicago for 15 years.  As a comedian, he’s opened for Dan Telfer, Adam Burke, and Kelsie Huff, and he was thrilled to participate in the Chicago Just For Laughs festival in 2012. He’s a friend of mine, and one of the funniest people I know.  Seriously, ya’ll.  And I know a lot of funny people.

Janna Sobel (opening March 7) is an actress, writer, improvisor and director, and teacher.  Before I met this splendid soul, folks who knew both of us would always say, “You don’t know each other?!  You should know each other!”  Boy, were they right!  Janna co-founded & co-hosts the monthly storytelling show Here’s the Story.  You should check it out!

Kelsie Huff (opening March14) is the founder, producer and host of the kates, the all female comedy showcase at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square and has written two one woman shows HUFFS and Bruiser: Tales from a Traumatized Tomboy.  Kelsie has done more for women in comedy here in Chicago (and therefore, more for all comedy in Chicago) than anyone else I’ve met.  She’s really frickin’ cool.

The Twitty Birds (opening March21) is the musical pairing of Jeff Gandy and Andrew Thorp; they perform Conway Twitty covers on ukuleles!  I’ve known both of them for years from Second City.  I can’t be in a room with Jeff for more than five minutes without the two of us making each other laugh and Andrew is one of those delightful folks who has you smiling moments after talking with him.  I’m looking forward to these guys doing their stuff!

Amy Sumpter (opening March 28) is a comedic actress who has focused mainly on stand-up for 5 years.  She is a regular performer of The Kates and can be seen in Beast Women—which is where I first met her (and fell in love with her work) back in 2007!  She is also in an all female Beastie Boy tribute band called She’s Crafty.  I love Amy and you will too!

Pretty exciting, right?  Get your tickets now!

 





The Ultimate Storytelling Event

5 06 2012

I am incredibly honored and excited to be one of the storytellers in Chicago’s 13th Annual SKALD Storytelling Competition hosted by the wonderful WNEP Theatre.  The first night is improvised storytelling, the second night, each storyteller gets seven minutes to spin their yarn.  I’ll be there Saturday the 16th.  Will you?  Click here to get your tickets!





Storytelling Tonight!

7 05 2012

Looking for something fun and free to do in Chicago tonight?  Why not come to a cool bar and listen to some wonderful folks tell some fantastic stories?!  Lifeline’s Storytelling Project is happening at the Glenwood Bar in Rogers Park (right off the red-line at Morse) tonight!  Yours Truly will be telling a story.  Come by and check it out!

Lifeline’s Storytelling Project
The Glenwood Bar
6962 N. Glenwood Ave.
Chicago
Free
Monday, May 7, 7:30 pm (Musical Guest starts at 7pm)