Write On is happy to collaborate with The Lightbox on a storytelling event featuring Chicago-based playwrights Beau O’Reilly and Jenny Magnus. Along with special guests, they will share tales related to the holidays — some funny, some sad, some surprising. Come to listen or to participate! This event is free and open to all ages. Light refreshments will be served.
Jenny Magnus is a writer, performer, composer, musician, director, and teacher who is a founding co-Artistic Director of the Curious Theater Branch, an all-original theater company, now entering its’ 30th year. She is the author/creator of plays that have been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Aetheneum Theater, Prop Thtr, and on tour throughout America and Europe. In 2011, Magnus and her company finished a year-long developmental residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, culminating in a commissioned performance work called Still In Play: A Performance of Getting Ready. She has written and performed in many solo performances as well. She was a long-time member of the band Maestro Subgum and the Whole and made multiple records with them, as well as three solo recorded CDs, has a current band called The Crooked Mouth, and is represented and distributed by UvuLittle Recordings. In addition to running the Curious Theater Branch and making her own work, Jenny Magnus was a long-time Adjunct Faculty member with Columbia College Chicago, in the Art & Art History department, and is currently teaching in the School of the Art Institute Writing Program. She has taught performance and writing at The University of Chicago, the Chicago Public Schools, the Metropolitan Correctional Center of Chicago, The University of Illinois, and others. In 1998, Jenny Magnus was named among the Artists of the Year by the Chicago Tribune. In 2014, Observations of an Orchestrated Catastrophe: Plays and Performances, 9 plays and performances produced over 25 years, was published by JackLeg Press. Her new play (Not) Another Day will premiere in September 2018.
Beau O’Reilly is co-curator of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival, a frequent contributor to This American Life, and a professor of playwriting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is a founding member of the Curious Theater Branch (now in its 29th year), the Crooked Mouth band, and the humbly legendary Maestro Subgum & the Whole. The author of over 90 original plays, O’Reilly is also a working actor. In 2016, his play One Boppa: Two Acts was produced; he released a third album with the Crooked Mouth, loveloveloveloveSTOPlovelovelove on Uvulittle Records; and a short story was included in the compilation Chicagoese. A new play, Last Week,premiered in January 2017, and his play Tattered and Wincing was produced that year in May. O’Reilly has produced, curated, and directed work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Poetry Foundation, Steppenwolf Studio, and Links Hall, and he has been named one of Chicago Theaters’ ‘most influential’ a half-dozen times over the course of his career.