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The Side Project celebrates "The Kindness of Strangers" 

That's the theme of the theater company’s second storytelling festival, stretching over three weeks and including 40 performers.

"The Kindness of Strangers" is the theme of the Side Project Theatre Company's second annual storytelling festival, featuring 40 performers and one multi-instrumentalist, Matt Wills, to accompany them. The fest's three weeks are divided among as many headliners—one per, with a full-length solo piece—while each night begins with a few opening acts telling shorter tales about how their lives have been changed by interactions with strangers.

Week one (10/20-10/23) belongs to Eric Warner, a Fillet of Solo and Saint Louis Fringe Festival vet telling a story about a father he barely knew. Next is Amy Sumpter, a comic actress who appears with the Kates and in the all-female Beastie Boys tribute band She's Crafty; her contribution is on dreams and the challenges we face in trying to realize them (10-27-10/30). Finally Kim Morris, an actress, playwright, and 2nd Story participant, focuses here on the cumulative effect that small moments can have on a life (11/3-11/6). Openers are, as we mentioned, myriad, and include Julia Borcherts, Don Hall, Coya Paz, and Taylor Bailey.

This story has been updated to reflect a change in the festival lineup.

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