Monday, May 13, 2013


Storytelling Will Reveal Teen Traumas And Celebrate Uniqueness

"The Awkward Phase," a night of storytelling featuring eight performers who will reveal their most embarrassing episodes and gawky feelings, and who will encourage audience members to embrace their different-ness, plays one night only, Monday, May 13, 8:00 p.m. at The Annoyance Theatre.

Created by Claire Meyer and Tyler Gillespie, "The Awkward Phase" features performers who have made a name for themselves in other venues. They are: Brianna Baker ("The TomKat Project"), Caitlin Bergh ("Chunks"), Tim "TinTim" Jones-Yelvingtion (author and drag queen), Wes Perry ("Making Out with Wes Perry and Friends"), Patrick Rowland ("Barack All Night"), Shaun Sperling (featured on BuzzFeed LGBT and ), and Ted Tremper ("25 People Who Should Get Their Own TV Show"). Additionally, one volunteer will be chosen from the audience to perform.

"The 'braces- and-scrunchy' night is dedicated to making our 14-year-old-selves proud," said Meyer, of the improv troupe Lethal Action Force. "It's important to share our stories with others; a way to connect and learn from one another. Feeling awkward is universal; even though, at the time, it can be a very lonely experience."

Gillespie, who is a writer for "Gapers Block" and "Time Out Chicago," added, "We're often too hard on our former selves. We're conditioned to hate the times in our life when we weren't 'all that,' when we've felt pressured to be like everyone else. But, what if we were having fun and living in that moment? In our mind, it's about time to celebrate these awkward phases and gain peace."

"The Awkward Phase" was recently chosen as a runner-up in Chronicle Books "Great Tumblr Book Search." The production at the Annoyance is the first on-stage, live performance of stories generated by the photo- and essay-sharing website. "We've included a mix of performers," Gillespie said. "Authors, comedians, and storytellers; and we hope future performances will mix in hairstylists, tattoo artists, and an opera singer. I really want an opera singer."

"The Awkward Phase" plays one night only, Monday 13, 2013, 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $7. For more information, view the Annoyance website or call the box office: 773.561.HONK (4665). The Annoyance is located at 4830 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 60640.

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