BackStory – Madam Butterfly

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Using the title of a classic stage play or movie as inspiration, storytellers and poets write poems and stories to be read aloud. Writers may pen a personal story inspired by the themes of the play. They may write in the voice of a character from the play and tell his or her back story. Or they may simply riff on the words in the title. Whatever the writer’s approach, BACKSTORY has consistently been a fascinating and eclectic night of theatre.

The theme for the February show is Madam Butterfly.

Erika Abbott is a member of National Disabled Speakers Bureau for RespectAbility. An award winning writer, for her debut book, PORGY’S REVENGE. It’s a universally accepted fact that Erika has limped down the road not taken.

Dane Halvorson studied at the Chicago College of Performing Arts and spent a few years touring with The Second City as a Musical Director, both on land and for NCL cruise lines. He has acted at such Chicago theaters as the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Writers’ Theatre and Strawdog Theater. He’s performed at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, The Second City and a summer run at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Dane would like to thank his wife Danielle and his family for all their love and support!

Douglas Manuel received a BA in Creative Writing from ASU, an MFA in poetry from Butler, and a PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from USC. The author of two collections of poetry, Testify and Trouble Funk, his poems and essays have been published, most recently, in Zyzzyva, Pleiades, and the New Orleans Review. A recipient of the Dana Gioia Poetry Award and a fellowship from the Borchard Foundation Center on Literary Arts, he is an assistant professor of English at Whittier College and teaches at Spalding University’s low-res MFA program.

Kate Gale is the co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press.
She is the author of The Loneliest Girl and the Goldilocks Zone and the forthcoming novel Under a Neon Sun, a pandemic novel set in Los Angeles.

Laura House is an Emmy-nominated TV writer who starred in MTV’s first sitcom, Austin Stories. She has written on an array of TV shows including Blue Collar TV, The George Lopez Show, Samantha Who and Mom. Her comedy album Mouth Punch is one of the most played on Sirius XM. Her writing has been published in Vice, Broadly, McSweeney’s and several books. She teaches meditation privately, and on the podcast Depresh Mode.

Miyo Yamauchi is a mischievous Moth StorySLAM Champion from LA. Originally from Japan, she majored in Swahili (yes, seriously!) before diving into the digital jungle as a computer language wizard. She is excited to return to BackStory. In her previous visit, she shared her passion for enriching the storytelling community and paving the way for universal access. Just six months later, she’s back with a remarkable achievement – her team secured the International Design Award.

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