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Live Bait Theater's showcase of one-person performances features old and new work by a slew of fringe artists, among them Stephanie Shaw, Lotti Pharriss, David Kodeski, Mark Gagne, Judith Harding, Karin McKie, and Kristin Garrison. The festival climaxes with a salute to the late James Grigsby, whose solo show Terminal Madness was Live Bait's first production in 1988.

The seventh annual Fillet of Solo Festival runs through August 25 at Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark; performances take place in the theater's main-stage and Bucket spaces. Tickets are $10 per show; a festival pass to all shows costs $30, and a pass to the two "Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler" shows is $15. Call 773-871-1212 for reservations (tickets are also available on-line

at; check www. for more information.

Following is the schedule for August 8 through 15; a complete schedule is available on-line at


Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler #1: Seeking and Hiding

David Kodeski hosts an evening of short solo performances (ten minutes max) by Karin McKie, Kristin Garrison, Michael Lehrer, and Stephanie Shaw. Bucket, 7:30 PM.


Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler #2: Image, Bodies and Risk

Edward Thomas-Herrera hosts a program of short solo performances (ten minutes max) by Jamie Black, Diane Dorsey, Mark Gagne, Judith Harding, Carrie Kaufman, and Ron Kelly. Bucket, 7:30 PM.

Battle Scars

This program features two pieces that seek to explore "the fall-out of living in post-September 11 America." Lotti Pharriss's Fear Itself, directed by Laura Nicholas, focuses on the artist's attempts to prepare for imminent disaster; Beth Ann Bryant-Richards's Daddy Died for His Country, directed by Tekki Lomnicki, reflects the performer's perspective as the daughter of a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict. Main stage, 8 PM.

Tastes Like Chicken

Jonathan Pereira's comic monologue addresses "race, prejudice, youth, and advertising." Bucket, 11 PM.


Battle Scars

See listing for Friday, August 9. Main stage, 8 PM.

Are You There, God? It's Me, Kristin

Kristin Garrison performs her piece about being a teenager in the 1970s. Bucket, 8:30 PM.

My Dirty Little Secret

Marianna Runge's performance, directed by Don Regal, offers "confessions of a young woman discovering that nothing in life is predictable." Bucket, 11 PM.


Live Bait Bucket Solo Sampler #1: Seeking and Hiding

See listing for Thursday, August 8; Lotti Pharriss and Beth Ann Bryant-Richards replace Stephanie Shaw at this show. Bucket, 7:30 PM.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Suzanne Plunkett.


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