Winners Announced for the Statue Stories Chicago Monologue Writing Competition
Last fall, Goodman Theatre hosted a series of monologue writing workshops to help Chicagoans of all ages prepare for the Statue Stories Chicago Monologue Writing Competition, administered by the Goodman – and now we have our winners!
Three iconic statues, featuring the winning monologues from the Goodman competition, joined the Statue Stories exhibition on March 15. Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago breathes new life into the city’s marvelous public art collection. The exhibition gives voices to public statues and landmarks, allowing passersby to learn about each artwork’s history through monologues (all accessible via a smartphone) performed by some Chicago’s most beloved cultural figures.
Brachiosaurus (outside of the Field Museum)
University of Chicago undergraduate Megan Philippi gives moving complexity to this towering skeleton outside the Field Museum. Voiced by beloved actor and Goodman Artistic Associate Brian Dennehy, the Brachiosaurus’ s beautiful contemplation of science and art will bring a smile to your face.
Bronze Cow (outside of the Chicago Cultural Center)
Evanston resident Patricia Keeney brings out the Chicagoan in the Bronze Cow found outside the Chicago Cultural Center. Revered singer and actress E. Faye Butler (recently seen in the Goodman’s Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike) brings a joyous irreverence to the sculpture’s playful history lesson..
Lake Ontario (South Garden of the Art Institute of Chicago)
Life-long Chicagoan Elyse Kallen taps into the sisterhood shared between Lake Ontario and her siblings in Laredo Taft’s Fountain of the Great Lakes. Funny lady Ana Belaval of WGN Morning News turns the confessions of a youngest sister into a lovely escape from the bustle of Michigan Avenue.
One additional statue, Fountain Girl, received her voice thanks to a competition exclusively for school students run by the Chicago Park District. Winning writer Aela Morris, a student at Evanston Township High School, teams up with actress Chloe Grace, a student at Chicago High School for the Arts, to reveal the history and experiences of the Fountain Girl.
Statue Stories Chicago continues through August 2016, featuring these four competition statues – and thirty others, written and performed by some of Chicago’s most noted actors, writers, scholars and personalities! Swipe your smartphone on a tag near one of the selected statues and you will get a “call back” from the likes of Abraham Lincoln or the Picasso in Daley Plaza.
ABOUT STATUE STORIES CHICAGO
Produced by Sing London and supported by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Statue Stories Chicago animates 30 of Chicago’s most memorable statues with monologues and performances from some of the city’s most respected artists. Statue Stories Chicago has been developed in collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District.
Swipe your smartphone on a tag near one of the selected statues and you’ll get a “call back” from the likes of Abraham Lincoln or the Picasso in Daley Plaza.
Using drama, humor and location technology, Statue Stories Chicago breathes new life into the city’s marvelous public art collection. The statues will talk for a year starting in August 2015. There is no cost to talk to the statues. Only network charges apply.
Learn more at StatueStoriesChicago.com.