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Lemonade: Stories about life's lemons

Friday, Aug. 7  6:30 - 8:30 (rain date Saturday, Aug. 8)

First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights

“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.” – Hillel the Elder

Yep, that’s the only way to do it folks. At our first-ever outdoor storytelling show, stories about losing your way, losing your money, losing your love, losing your pride, losing your mind, losing your clothes…and did we mention these stories are funny? Pandemic, schmandemic – we’ve been fighting dragons forever, baby - and we’re still dancing! Come get inspired.

This is a 100% socially distanced show, held tailgate style. on the grounds of the church. Tickets include your own parking spot and tailgate area, socially distanced. BYO chairs, food and drink - and please have a mask on hand. Content is appropriate for ages 18+.


Diane Kastiel

Diane Kastiel is the producer, director, and host of First Person Live. She's is a three-time winner of the National Public Radio’s Moth StorySLAM, and her work has been featured on the Moth Radio Hour, its podcast, and at special events for WBEZ. Diane has told stories on stage at The Second City, the Park West, Victory Gardens and other theaters, but also in more unconventional settings, including bookstores, art galleries, comedy clubs, the basement of a tattoo parlor  – she even did a show in the middle of the woods! Diane is committed to bringing storytelling to new populations, working with libraries, high schools, community centers and homeless shelters, and leading storytelling workshops at Northwestern University. Diane is an alumna of The Second City Conservatory and the University of Chicago’s Great Books program. She also has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business…just in case. 

Steve Miller

Steve Miller has been a high school math teacher for 18 years, and a storyteller for five. In the classroom, his favorite topic is algebra and his favorite victims are freshmen. Prior to teaching, Steve was a patent lawyer who specialized in disposable absorbent nonwoven hygiene products (e.g., tampons and diapers!). He likes to believe that spending 2-1/2 hours a day driving to work makes him smarter as long as he listens to audiobooks. When not driving, Steve enjoys discussing politics podcasts with his wife and 70’s music with his stepson.

Bridget Schank

Bridget Schank worked as a community organizer and lobbyist before deciding to stay home full time after her infant son’s liver transplant. (He’s now eight and doing great!). Bridget is deeply committed to community service, serving on the boards of Teen-Parent Connection and Arlington Cares, running the service club at her children’s elementary school, and coaching her daughter’s basketball team. Bridget played women’s football for Notre Dame, loves to travel but hates to pack, and bakes a mean strawberry-rhubarb pie. Her husband Tim warns people about her sixth sense, which often borders on witchcraft. Bridget lives in Arlington Heights with Tim, their two children, and an aggressively affectionate golden retriever named Corby.

Melissa Earley

Melissa Earley, originally from Colorado, is the lead pastor at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. She's new to storytelling (if you don't count sermons) but writes fiction and has a blog, “Waking Up Earley" (www.melissa-earley.com). Melissa loves to travel, though the rain on her trip to Belize inspired a poem about chewing off her arm. She loves to go hiking with her dog Mandy and would take her kayaking if the dog would just learn to paddle. 

Adam Bottner

Adam Bottner is a former litigator and current director of business development for a legal technology company. Born in New York, lived in Pittsburgh, and raised in unincorporated Des Plaines (“the third city”), Adam is a frequent Moth StorySLAM teller and recent winner. He’s also a graduate of the Second City training center and has written multiple screenplays, including his most recent, "Searching for Frenchy Fuqua.” Adam is the father of two amazing sons and the former owner of Freddy, an eyelash-crested gecko, whom he misses very much.

Kevin Biolsi

Kevin Biolsi is a statistician by trade, but he found that really didn’t get the kind of laughs he was hoping for. He started telling stories in front of live 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. For fun, Kevin brews beer. For even more fun, he drinks that beer. Despite an impressive inability to dance, Kevin is a longtime member of the board of directors of the Evanston Dance Ensemble. Kevin is a regular at First Person Live and tells stories at the Moth and other shows around Chicago. 

Nancy Burkholder

Nancy Burkholder has one foot in the arts and the other in the madcap world of marketing. A marketing research consultant and part of the creative team behind the long-running show Late Nite Catechism, she understands the importance of following your artistic dreams while having a sensible fallback plan. Her stint in the record business put her pop music fixation to good use in a pre-Google world and provides some pretty interesting stories. As a kid she saw the Beatles live and has the $2.50 ticket-stub to prove it!

Paul Teodo

Paul Teodo is a retired healthcare executive. Born and raised on Chicago's south side, he’s been telling stories in real life for 65 years and on stage for the past six. Paul is a five-time Moth StorySLAM winner and a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, invited to perform in New York at the prestigious Moth Ball and featured on CBS Sunday Morning. His first novel, "Pastaman," is available on Amazon and he is working on a second one. Paul raised two great sons as a single dad and is a lifelong dog lover.

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