Scott Duff (host) is a Chicago-based actor, comic, and radio host. A graduate of Northwestern University, he is an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre, having appeared in over 15 AFT productions, and has performed all over Chicago including work with the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Theater Wit, Lookingglass, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, iO, and American Theatre Company. Mr. Duff is the host/producer of OUT CHICAGO, a live weekly talk show for the LGBT community airing Sundays on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk AM & FM.
Angelica Grace (drag) is the drag persona of Jimbo Pestano. Jimbo identifies as genderqueer and uses they/them/their pronouns. They have been doing drag for 5 years, having performed at The Den Theatre and The Empty Bottle through Salonathon. Jimbo currently serves on the Youth Task Force at About Face Theatre and has been a part of About Face Youth Theatre for 5 years. AFYT credits include CHECKING BOXES, 15 BREATHS, AD HOC [HOME], and BRAVE LIKE THEM. They have also worked with Route 66 Theatre Company and their Test Drive series, being a part of CURRENT. In December of 2016, Jimbo was a part of the National New Play Network’s National Showcase of New Plays in Austin, TX. Other credits include RENT (Angel), Songs for a New World, Shrek: The Musical (Donkey), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck).
Rae Hamilton-Vargo (poetry) is a nonbinary actor who also writes poems sometimes. Look for them in the upcoming web series Symbiotic and Life of Harold. You can also look for them on the racetrack at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup, at your next vegan potluck, or in the shadows of the site of the most recent mothman sighting—although I can’t guarantee you’ll find them there.
Pastry Kream (drag) is a drag performer based in Chicago. Follow her on instagram @pastry.kream.
Yasir Muhammad (vocalist) is a Chicagoland actor and singer, and is currently in a theatre production of Rabbit Hole as Jason (Moraine Valley). Previous roles include Claude in Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (Moraine Valley), Jake in Love/Sick (Munroe Park Theatre Guild), Prince of Morocco in The Merchant of Venice (Moraine Valley), Otto Lämmermeier in Spring Awakening (Moraine Valley), and The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (Moraine Valley). He's excited to be performing and living his passion, once again!
Eileen Tull (performer) is a storyteller, performance artist, poet, comedian, and one-woman-show person. Her work investigates feminism, body image, addiction (to technology, to substances, and to ourselves), and, above all, seeking joy. She has performed throughout the country, from San Francisco to New York City, including in the SF Fringe, New Seeds Festival, United Solo, the Cincy Fringe, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and the Dallas Solo Festival. Her work has been seen all over Chicago in theatres, bookstores, art galleries, bars and other non-traditional spaces. Eileen co-curates Sappho’s Salon at Women and Children First bookstore, a monthly performance series for female-identifying artists exploring gender, sexuality, and feminism. She is a drama instructor with the Chicago Park District, and her work as a creative activist was recognized by The White House in 2016.
Malic White (stand-up) is a writer, a joke slinger, and an ensemble member at the Neo-Futurist Theater, where they've been making weird art since October 2012. Malic is a frequent contributor at the Paper Machete.They're from Indiana, and that's probably why they turned out like this.
Thursday, May 31st 2018
Mrs. Murphy & Son's Irish Bistro
Whitney Chitwood, Kenneth Coleman, Angelica Grace, McKenzie Graham-Howard, Rae Hamilton-Vargo, Pastry Kream, Yasir Muhammad, Last Night on Earth, Chris Thoren, Eileen Tull, Malic White and Kirstyn Yvette
Photography by Alexandra Alontaga
Whitney Chitwood (stand-up) is a stand-up comedian who will stand-up to moderately dangerous things. (Not a bear, though. Whit'll run away from those. But who wouldn't? Poor bears.) Whit’s been featured by MoveOn.Org and is a frequent contributor to The Paper Machete at Chicago's Green Mill and OUT Chicago on WCPT. Additionally, Whit has worked with the likes of the great Eddie Pepitone and performed at Riot LA, Cinderblock Comedy Festival, FoCoMX, Altercation Comedy Festival, the Chicago Laugh Factory, and Hollywood Improv. With an audacious, highly personal style, Whit has left audiences... Full disclosure: Whit struggles to write in the third person. It just feels vapid and hollow, but mostly it sounds silly to me... I mean “to Whit”... WHIT means “to Whit”. See what I mean? I mean, “what Whit means”. WHIT means, “what Whit means”. Damn...Whitney just hopes audiences leave saying, “I never thought of that,” or “That was witty,” or “Look out! There’s a bear!” (We’ve got to keep on top of this, folks.)
McKenzie Graham-Howard (spoken word) is a nonbinary actor based in Chicago. They're about to graduate with their BFA from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, which is the single most terrifying sentence they've ever typed, including "Sorry for missing your call, Mom!" and "No, I will NOT be forwarding your six thousand chain emails, Aunt Susan, no matter HOW MANY curses me and my spawn will be placed under". They would like to dedicate this performance to their two cats, Frederick and Goob, who are excellent boys and hopefully not eating the furniture as we speak.
Last Night on Earth (musical guest) consists of Cody Pariset and Karissa Kosman. Both originally from Nebraska, they moved to Chicago to pursue their artistic passions. Cody has recently been seen in Clock Productions "Six Views of a Room" at Pride Arts and has also worked with Midnight Summit Ensemble and Bring Your Own Theatre for their monthly 24 Hour Play Festivals as a director. Karissa is currently attending Columbia College where she has been in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson." She also currently balances school with work, where she ushers at Broadway in Chicago!
Chris Thoren (spoken word) is a freelance director, developer of new works, and new to this whole storytelling thing. Chris has worked to develop plays independently, and with Arc Theatre, Prologue Theatre, Pivot Arts, and more. They have worked on directing teams at 2nd Story, Writer's Theatre, the House Theatre of Chicago, and others, and directed the Chicago premiere of Hank Greene's Knights of the Sales Office. A proud graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Chris is an unabashed advocate for joy, dogs, and adventure stories.
Kirsten Yvette (spoken word) is a writer and actor who strives to make her art a form of activism, artitvism if you will. Her previous work includes stage managing Rabbit Hole at Moraine Valley, Borders, Boundaries and How to Break Them in partnership with the Goodman Theatre’s Intergens program, her poetry has been featured in THE SWORD literary magazine and her one-act play Guilty: How it was her fault won the Skyway literary competition for drama.