The #SafeSpace Pride Show!
w/ Host Bill Bullock
a benefit for Project Fierce Chicago
Thursday, June 21st @ 8pm
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (3905 N. Lincoln Ave)
$5 Suggested Donation
Le Aboav, Brittani Ferguson, Angelica Grace, Via Haman, Karissa Kosman, Yasir Muhammad, Juan Munoz, Elyse Nylin, Megan Stalter, Kirsten Yvette and Pride Films and Plays' PINK ORCHIDS
Pop-Up Art Gallery by Maddie Snyder
Photography by Smoketree Photography
Bill Bullock (host) has been performing all over Chicago and beyond for over 6 years. He has headlined the Drop Comedy Club in South Bend, IN, and has opened for Myq Kaplan, Stewart Huff, and hosted the recording Shane Mauss' latest special. Bill was named "Best Comedian in Logan Square" by LoganSquarist.com. Bill made his television debut on WCIU’s “Chicago’s One Night Stand-up.” Bill is a co-creator and co-host of Congrats on Your Success, and also one of the minds behind the episodic variety show Cole's Chicago Cabaret. He is the creator, host, and comedy curator of Links Hall Presents: It's Happening! It's Happening!, a monthly experimental variety show.
Via Haman (performer) is a nonbinary actor, artist, musician, writer, and activist. They are from Chicago but moved back recently from Arizona. Currently they work at About Face Theatre Company and study at UIC (mostly to appease their parents). Their current projects include AFYT’s Scary Stories to Save Your Life, the ARC release of their novel, “Flower Boy”, and a photo/film project that centers around folx perspectives on their internal and external queer identity.
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!
Elyse Nylin (stand-up) is a Chicago-based comic. She is the host/producer of You Joke Like a Girl, a monthly all-women’s open-mic and showcase at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago. Overall, her sets are pretty dynamic with a humorous trip through some personal and very relatable stories. She likes to poke fun at some of her experiences as she has found her authentic self as well as pose some questions about everyday random things. Her sets contain material that is often women-focused and LGBTQ-friendly. She has performed at The Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Gilda Radner Laugh Fest, The Laugh Factory, Zanies Comedy Club and all over with The Kate’s!
featuring a pop-up art gallery by maddie snyder
Maddie Snyder is an artist from the southwest suburbs of Chicago disguised during the day as a 'cheese wiz' at Whole Foods, as her dad would say. Her art is a celebration of color, whimsy, nature and most of all veggies. She hopes to spread veggie love to all, but most importantly to remind us that vegetables and eating mindfully doesn't have to be as dreary as we make it out to be. Maddie received a double major in Studio Art and Small Business/ Entrepreneurship at North Central College in Naperville and is in the process of opening an Etsy shop! @madebymaddielu
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).
Karissa Kosman (vocalist) is currently attending Columbia College Chicago for musical theatre where she has been in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” She also balances school and work, where she ushers at Broadway In Chicago. She is happily Bisexual and this is her second safe space performance. She is grateful for the opportunity. Happy Pride!
Juan Munoz (performer) Recent Graduate from North Central College, he most recently directed his original musical Almost Living, for which he wrote the book, lyrics, and music. Previous directing credits include assistant directing under Ann Filmer for 16th Street Theater's production of Harbor Gate. He was last seen on stage at 16th Street Theater as Angel/Coyote in Into the Beautiful North. Other Credits Include Luciano in After Orlando at Pride Films and Plays and Mortimer in The Fantasticks at Artists Walk Theatre. While at North Central College he was in Mosque Alert as Tawfiq, and Once On This Island as Armand. Offstage Juan also competes on the North Central Speech team where he was recently State Runner-Up in both After Dinner Speaking and Prose Interpretation.
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.