Inspired by Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation, participants in the winter 2019 session of GeNarrations wrote and performed stories around the theme “Stories of Creation.”
The five stories below were recorded at that session’s Citywide Performance, a quarterly event during which GeNarrations storytellers from across Chicago gather in the Alice B Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement to share and listen to each other’s incredible work. We are delighted to share these stories with you here.
The Picture Frame by Rhonda Reed
Rhonda Reed is a storyteller, attorney, and grandmother, who has participated in GeNarrations since 2014. Before the COVID-19 pandemic she spent much of her time operating a law practice, traveling the world, dining out with friends and enjoying live theatre productions whenever possible. These days she continues to operate a virtual law practice while hosting her grandboys at her home for their virtual education and trying (unsuccessfully) to not gain COVID weight. Through writing and performing in GeNarrations and the Second City's "Humor Doesn't Retire" classes, Rhonda has met so many wonderful people of all ages. Sharing life with others in this way is priceless.
Judgement Day by Patrick Curtin
Patrick Curtin incorporates storytelling as a celebrant for weddings, memorials and other moments in life that should be celebrated. He is an overachiever, sharing stories at the Irish American Heritage Center, Steppenwolf, Second City, This Much is True, Outspoken, Chimera Loft, You’re Being Ridiculous, Story Lab, The Moth, Inspired Live Lit, Fillet of Solo, Story Sessions, Soul Stories Live and Goodman Theatre's GeNarrations program. Patrick also co-facilitates an improv class and volunteers with the hospice provider JourneyCare. He promotes community for LGBTQ+ gardeners with the Rainbow Garden Guild, and serves as Chief of the Curtin Clan, which connects those who share his surname to past generations of Curtins. Patrick has been a participant in GeNarrations for four years.
My Real Baby by Oroki Rice
Oroki Rice is a native Chicagoan, renowned multimedia artist and social activist who has survived childhood trauma, along with mental illness, substance addiction, and incarceration. This dynamic artist engages her creative gifts to aid in self and communal healing using spoken & written word, body movement and music in the healing process. Always a forerunner, Oroki has channeled her own challenges into inspiring and healing artistry with phenomenal results.
Oroki has acted, directed and/or produced pieces in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin Odyssey Project, Trinity United Church of Christ’s Adult Drama Ministry and the Hyde Park Community Players. In 2017, Oroki formed Black Olive Community Theatre which focuses on thought-provoking, professionally performed staged-readings theater that heals. Oroki is a member of Goodman Theatre’s GeNarrations and InterGens programs, where she is continually being challenged to bring her love of personal storytelling to stage. She’s currently creating, developing, and producing her solo show: Good Girl, Bad Girl, Goddess, under the guidance of Goodman teaching artist, Julie Ganey.
Excavating my Life by June Huitt
June Huitt has been a participant in GeNarrations for eight years, first at the North Center Satellite Senior Center and later at Goodman Theatre downtown. In her twenties, she was active in theater and GeNarrations reminded her how much fun it was. So much fun that she got together with Nicole Hollander, a fellow GeNarrations participant, and eventually performed some of their material at Martyrs on Lincoln Avenue (and there's YouTube proof!). June continues to participate in GeNarrations workshops over Zoom. She still has more past to excavate.
Reflections, Reverberations, and Another Look into the Mirror of My Creation by Eva McCann
Eva McCann is a visionary who brings artistic and performing arts resources together creating cultural experiences that educate, entertain and enrich lives. A longtime activist and community organizer, Eva has been writing stories with GeNarrations since fall 2018, when she led the effort to establish a new storytelling group at Willye B. White park. She has also performed with the Goodman’s multigenerational InterGens ensemble.
Want to watch the play that inspired these stories? How to Catch Creation by Christina Anderson is streaming on demand March 15 - 28 as part of the Goodman’s Encore series.